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Sir Terry Pratchett Dies at Age 66

Following his battle with Alzheimer’s, renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died.

It’s another sad news article for fellow nerds out there as Sir Terry Pratchett, known for his Discworld series of novels, has died today at the age of 66. For a while now the author has been suffering with Alzheimer’s disease but has continued to do what he loves the most, writing his final book last summer.

“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld. The author died “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family”, he added.

The news, which was later confirmed by his publisher, was first posted on Pratchett’s Twitter account with Rhianna, his daughter, later writing: “Many thanks for all the kind words about my dad. Those last few tweets were sent with shaking hands and tear-filled eyes.”

I first discovered Sir Terry’s work through the Discworld video games which focused on Rincewind and his adventures through Ankh Morpork and the Unseen University. I played through that series a number of times and to this day the games have a firm place in my heart.

Our thoughts go out to his family.