What did Terry Pratchett die of

"Discworld" novels: Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett is dead

British fantasy writer Terry Pratchett is dead. The author of the Discworld-Novels died at the age of 66, according to the publisher Transworld Publishers. "The world has lost one of its brightest, most astute minds," said publisher Larry Finlay. Accordingly, he died "at home while his cat slept on his bed, surrounded by his family".

You could always recognize Pratchett by his black felt hat and black coat. In recent years he has been in the British press again and again, as the "Alzheimer's warrior" called the journalists. Pratchett announced in December 2007 that he was suffering from a very rare form of brain disease. Since then he has been committed to research into dementia and donated the equivalent of 650,000 euros for this purpose. He also campaigned for active euthanasia for the terminally ill. His commitment earned him great respect worldwide.

His illness never stopped him from writing, Pratchett said in one Times-Interview. He always has a book in the works. It was only last year that he had completed his last, the one like so many in the fantastic Discworld played. The first book in the series The Color of Magic (in German: The colors of magic) was published in 1983. Pratchett parodied the real world and literary characters and stories in his books.

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His novels are set on a flat planet that moves through space on the back of four gigantic elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant tortoise. In total, Pratchett wrote more than 70 books.

Pratchett's works outside of the DiscworldCycle, like the novel Making Money or nation (German: An island), whose protagonists are stranded on an island after a natural disaster, forming a new society there, which is then endangered by pirates. The English Independent counted this "story about civilization and the Enlightenment, which delighted with a bumper crop of gags" in 2008 among the best 20 books of the year.

In addition to his literary work, Pratchett was an active member of the British Orangutan Foundation and campaigned for animal welfare. In favor of the organization, he auctioned the mention of their name in a new Discworld novel among his fans.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2009, Pratchett had been married to his wife Lyn since 1968. The couple lived in Wiltshire, South West England, with lots of cats and "spoiled chickens". The chickens are likely to die a natural death in their nests, and that is what he wants for himself, said Pratchett once at a meeting of the Alzheimer Research Trust.