​Discworld novelist Terry Pratchett dies at 66

British author Terry Pratchett (Reuters / Ian Nicholson)
One of the UK’s best-loved novelists, Sir Terry Pratchett, who was renowned for his series of comic fantasy stories, Discworld, has died. He was 66.

The author, who had been suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home Thursday “with his cat sleeping on his bed,” his publishers, Transworld, announced.

They said it was with “immeasurable sadness” that they revealed news of his death.

Transworld managing director Larry Finlay said: “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

The author of over 70 books leaves his wife, Lyn, and daughter, Rhianna.

Finlay said Pratchett had “enriched the planet like few before him.”

“All who read him know Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention,”he added.

Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ‘embuggerance,’ as he called it), publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.”

Pratchett’s death was announced on his Twitter account, with references to the Discworld series.

Tributes to the author, who continued to write novels in spite of his illness, have flooded social media, with fans and celebrities alike mourning his loss.