One of the kings of fantasy literature, Terry Pratchett, has left us :
I have read probably 12 of his books and have never been disappointed. If you have not ever read any of his works, and love tongue in cheek, silly but irreverent fiction, pick up Good Omens (co-written by another of my absolute favorites, Neil Gaiman) today. You won't regret it. If you like it, let me know and I'll recommend more
He had been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimers back in 2007, and immediately began donating for research into a cure, stating that there just wasn't enough being done. He also was a HUGE proponent for assisted suicide, which is illegal in his native England, and was quite angry that he wasn't allowed to choose when he could take his own life legally when the disease took too much from him. His last book came out late last year, he wrote until he couldn't anymore, then he dictated to his wife, and daughter, so that at least he could tell his stories as long as possible.
I'm glad that he could do what he wanted until the end, and I hope he didn't suffer.....he did NOT take his own life, as many were thinking, but passed away quickly from an Alzheimer's related issue. I am sad that we will see no more of his wonderful Discworld, and I'm going to make a point to continue to collect his works.
Good bye, dear Terry, and I hope that Death treats you as well as he does Binky.