After 8 Years Battling Alzheimer’s Author Terry Pratchett Has Passed Away.


Readers around the world were dealt a huge blow on Thursday, March 12th, when it was announced that fantasy author Terry Pratchett had passed away at age 66. Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, after which he became an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer’s research, and support for those that suffer from it. He continued to make public apperances when he could, and kept writing autonomously for a time, and then continued writing through dictations until recently. He also filmed two documentaries during his illness; Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer’s which followed his daily struggles and attempt to keep working, and Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, a film about his support for the movement to legalize assisted suicide.

Pratchett was the author of over 40 books, and is primarily known for his Discworld fantasy series. He also contributed to newspapers, journals, children’s books, video games, and comic books. In 1990, he helped co-author the book Good Omens with Neil Gaiman, who wrote a touching tribute to his late friend here.

In an interview with the BBC back in 2013, Pratchett discussed his years living with the disease, and his impassioned feelings on battling dementia.

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