Author Terry Pratchett’s Valiant Fight Against Alzheimer’s Ends
Readers around the world were dealt a huge blow today when it was announced that fantasy author Terry Pratchett had passed away at age 66. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, Pratchett became an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer’s research and support for those that suffer from it. He continued writing autonomously while he was able, then dictated his manuscripts 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 dear 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.