Terry Pratchett fans have been drawing pictures of the late writer with his character Death.
The 66-year-old's passing was announced with a Discworld-inspired series of tweets yesterday afternoon, which started with the voice of Death saying: “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.
“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The end.”
The poignant image, mirroring his 40 Discworld fantasy novels, has inspired a series of fan art paying tribute to Sir Terry.
Many scenes pictured the pair playing chess together, while others imagined them in conversation or walking. Paul Kidby, who illustrated the series, also drew his own tribute to his friend, showing Sir Terry smiling serenely with two of his characters on his shoulders.
“His creativity bought so much inspiration and joy to so many of us,” he wrote. “It was an honour and privilege to work with him and I owe him a great debt of gratitude.”
Death is a surprisingly friendly figure in Sir Terry’s Discworld novels, which he makes regular appearances in.
The bumbling figure is shown embarking on the very human experiences of getting drunk, dancing wildly and even hankering after happiness. He likes cats and enjoys curry.
Thousands of people have signed a petition addressed to Death himself, asking him to “bring back Terry Pratchett”.
It quotes the writer himself to make its case: “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”
Death is playing chess with Terry Pratchett too now. RIP pic.twitter.com/Hei1kR5CO0— Dagui Pierro (@Dagui_Pierro) March 12, 2015
Sir Terry – who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2007 – campaigned prolifically in later life to legalise assisted dying.
He told fans: “I am not dead. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else.”