“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, best known for his humorous Discworld series has passed away after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which in Pratchett fashion he referred to as an “embuggerance.”
He fought bravely and poignantly before, “pass[ing] away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015.”
The news of Pratchett’s death was eloquently revealed on his Twitter account, a fitting end to the man who gave the world so much.
Wrote friend and co-author Neil Gaiman of his passing:
Terry’s authorial voice is always Terry’s: genial, informed, sensible, drily amused. I suppose that, if you look quickly and are not paying attention, you might, perhaps, mistake it for jolly. But beneath any jollity there is a foundation of fury. Terry Pratchett is not one to go gentle into any night, good or otherwise.
He will rage, as he leaves, against so many things: stupidity, injustice, human foolishness and shortsightedness, not just the dying of the light. And, hand in hand with the anger, like an angel and a demon walking into the sunset, there is love: for human beings, in all our fallibility; for treasured objects; for stories; and ultimately and in all things, love for human dignity.
You can donate to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) in Pratchett’s memory.
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