From the Random House website:
“It is with great sadness that Del Rey Books and Random House report the passing of beloved author Anne McCaffrey. Anne McCaffrey was best known for her award-winning and immensely popular Dragonriders of Pern® novels.
McCaffrey died at her home in Ireland on November 21st shortly after suffering a stroke. She was 85 years old. She is survived by her two sons and daughter. We will provide more information as we receive it from Anne’s family.”
Perfectly expressed by a lifelong fan on the Random page was a beautiful tribute to the writer:
Anne touched my entire family and was passed from mother to daughter and now granddaughters. I am crying over a woman who touched three generations and will continue to touch more. We love you, Anne, and know that your legacy will live on within my family and many others. You will be missed.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to McCaffrey’s family, friends and fans.