Legendary fantasy and satirical author Terry Pratchett has died.
The author, who penned over 70 books throughout his career and was best known for the Discworld series of novels, passed away peacefully in his sleep. It’s been reported that his beloved cat was with him at the time of death.
Pratchett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, was a large influence on gaming. As well as a trio of successful point-and-click adventures published in the 90s, many developers sought to emulate his particular brand of wit and satire. His influence can be found in everything from the Simon the Sorceror series right up to the seminal Monkey Island. Though not a big gamer himself, Pratchett’s boundless imagination and rapier wit helped to inspire an entire genre – it’s rare these days to find a point and click adventure game that doesn’t evoke memories of the Discworld series.
Aside from his own contribution to the medium, he is survived by his daughter, Rhianna Pratchett. Rhianna is well known in the gaming community due to her work as a writer on such titles as the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, Heavenly Sword and Mirror’s Edge. Rhianna took to twitter about her father’s passing, in a message which will touch all those who loved her father’s work:
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.
— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) March 12, 2015
Over the course of his career, Pratchett created literally hundreds of beloved characters. But his best-known, and most-loved creation was the Grim Reaper himself.
So it is perhaps fitting to end this short tribute with a quote from old skullhead:
DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.
Rest in peace, Terry Pratchett. You will be sorely missed.