It is with a heavy heart that we here at LitStack mark the passing of the great writer, satirist, humanist, and humanitarian Sir Terry Pratchett, who died today at his home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 66.
The news was confirmed by a statement from Larry Findlay, Managing Director at Transworld Publishers:
I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.
In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.
Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ’embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.
My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.”
Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.
We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.
A Just Giving page donating to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) has been set up in his memory: https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett
Whether it be through his forty-plus volumes of the wonderfully fantastic Discworld series of any of his other fantasy works, his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, Larry Niven and Stephen Baxter, his musings on natural history or his patronage of the humanist endeavors, Terry Pratchett has touched many with his wit, his laughter, and his humanity.
He will be greatly missed.