Discworld author Terry Pratchett passes away at 66

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Mar 12, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT

Sir Terry Pratchett's legion of loyal fans are mourning today with sad news of his death at the age of 66.  Pratchett had been battling posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a rare degenerative brain and nervous system disorder categorized as the visual variant of Alzheimer's Disease, and passed quietly at home with his sleeping cat beside him on his bed, surrounded by close family.  

The satirical and wildly imaginitive English author was best known for his Discworld series of comedic fantasy novels and stories, set in the fictional land of Discworld, a flat cosmic kingdom situated on the backs of four elephants which stood atop an enormous star turtle named the Great A'Tuin.  

Starting with The Colour of Magic in 1983, 40 Discworld books have been published around the world, selling more than 80 million copies, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author of all time after Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.  Pratchett completed his final Discworld novel last summer while struggling with the progressive disease and fought his ailments with his signature style and humor to the end.  Knighted by the crown in 2009 for his brilliant contributions and service to literature, he was a recipient of the World Fantasy Award in 2010 in honor of his lifetime achievements.  Pratchett is survived by his wife, Lyn, and their daughter, Rhianna, and mourned by a legion of fans, including those of us here at Blastr.

(Via io9)