Terry Pratchett, best-selling fantasy author, dead at 66
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.
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.—@terryandrob
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.—@terryandrob