Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books passed at age 66. He suffered from an unusual type of Alzheimer`s disease.
He was notorious in Great Britain and all across the world both because of his writing and his campaign for dementia awareness and for the right of the critically ill persons` right to choose assisted suicide.
Transworld Publishers said that Sir Terry Pratchett died on Thursday at his home, surrounded by the members of his family and ″with his cat sleeping on his bed″. He died from a chest infection, on the background of his dementia`s worsening effects
Terry Pratchett`s death was also announced through a series of posts on Twitter.
“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.”, began the series of tweets.
“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”
In the last period of his life, during which his dementia worsened, Pratchett gradually lost his ability to write. He had to turn to a dictation system, which made it possible for the writer to continue his work. However, his agent Colin Smythe said that this change may have affected Pratchett`s style of prose. Sir Terry finished his final book in 2014. ″The Shepard`s Crown″ is to be published later this year.
Out of his more than 70 books, 40 were interconnected comic novels, within the ″Discworld″ series. The series started in 1983, with the publication of ″The Colour of Magic″ and it became more and more successful as years went by and the universe created by Pratchett got more complex and more elaborated.
The story took place on an immense disc on the back of four elephants, a saga that ridiculed fantasy literature and as well as politics and the real world.
Terry Pratchett was an active supporter of assisted suicide for the patients who suffered from terrible diseases. At the Richard Dimbleby lecture in 2010, he argued that assisted suicide should be a legal system with panels to judge cases, giving the example of his own case.
“I have vowed that rather than let Alzheimer’s take me, I would take it. I would live my life as ever to the full and die, before the disease mounted its last attack, in my own home, in a chair on the lawn, with a brandy in my hand to wash down whatever modern version of the Brompton Cocktail some helpful medic could supply. And with Thomas Tallis on my iPod, I would shake hands with death.”
Terry Pratchett said.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009, for his literary career. He donated one million dollars to Alzheimer`s research, emphasizing the fact that it should be a high priority for the scientific world.
Sir Terry Pratchett is survived by his wife, Lyn Pratchett, whom he married in 1968, and their daughter, Rhianna.
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