Authors and Alzheimer’s campaigners have been among those paying tribute to author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has died at the age of 66.
Novelist Philip Pullman said he would be remembered for the “love of humanity in what he did”, while actor Sir Tony Robinson called him a “contradiction” – a shy man in “urban cowboy clothes”.
He suffered from Alzheimer’s, and a charity said he opened the “floodgates” to help people talk about the disease.
Sir Terry’s last tweet said: “The end.”
His daughter Rhianna tweeted: “Miss you already.”
Sir Terry died on Thursday, eight years after being diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s called posterior cortical atrophy.
He campaigned in favour of assisted suicide after his diagnosis, but his publishers said he did not take his own life.
Charlie Russell, who made several documentaries about Sir Terry, including one on assisted suicide called Choosing to Die, said he was a “lovely man”.
“He was very kind to me to take me into his home and take me into this heart,” he said.
“It was such a pleasure to get to know him.”
Hilary Evans, director of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said Sir Terry’s death would have “a profound effect on both literature and the 850,000 people who live with dementia” in the UK.
She said his announcement of his illness was “a watershed moment” and “a call to arms for society to talk about dementia and take steps towards defeating it”.
Sir Terry Pratchett spoke publicly about living with Alzheimer’s
Sir Terry’s publisher, Larry Finlay, said: “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.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment