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Terry Pratchett, best-selling fantasy author, dead at 66

British fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has died, with tweets posted to his Twitter account in the style of deathly passages from one of his hilarious books.
Terry Pratchett's death was announced on his Facebook page. (Terry Pratchett/Facebook)

British fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has died, with posts left on his Twitter account in the style of deathly passages from one of his hilarious books.

Pratchett, 66, was the author of the Discworld series of humorous books set in the fantastical city of Ankh-Morpork. He was diagnosed in his later years with Alzheimer's disease. 

Pratchett's death was announced on his website, Twitter account and Facebook page

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld Publishers, wrote in the Facebook post. 

Death was a recurring character in the Discworld books and always "spoke" in capital letters. He appears at the moment of death to escort characters to his domain. 

These were among the final tweets from Pratchett's account, @terryandrob. They were written in the style of Pratchett's books by his daughter Rhianna after his death. 

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