Sir Terry Pratchett wrote a lot about death - in both his novels and in musings about his own mortality - with irreverent humour.
Following the announcement of his death today, at the age of 66, many people have paid tribute to the Discworld author on Twitter.
And, in remembering the man they have lost, social media users have posted the author's own words about the dying of the light. Journalist Laurie Penny was among those to recall Sir Terry's words on death:
'Death wasn't cruel- merely terribly, terribly good at his job.' -#TerryPratchett; Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) March 12, 2015
Terry Pratchett's writing on death, both in his fiction, and, after his diagnosis, in his essays, meant so very much to me. Rest in power; Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) March 12, 2015
"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living". (Terry Pratchett).; Samantha Gouldson (@SamGouldson) March 4, 2015
Meanwhile, many others, including Ricky Gervais and Caitlin Moran, tweeted their favourite inspirational quotes by the author and told how he had delighted them with his work.
"It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it." RIP the brilliant Terry Pratchett.; Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 12, 2015
I can’t imagine a 13-year-old alive who wouldn’t be changed a bit, for the better, by reading Terry Pratchett.; Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) March 12, 2015
RIP Terry Pratchett :( you made so many people love reading, and how can this t shirt ever be topped? pic.twitter.com/rtvoeosqze; jasmine (@jasmineeec) March 12, 2015
Terry Pratchett sold close to 100 million books in his lifetime. pic.twitter.com/NmrP6BRngc; Jonny Geller (@JonnyGeller) March 12, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also paid tribute:
Sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett's death, his books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness.; David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 12, 2015
Sad 2 hear of loss of inspirational Alz campaigner Sir Terry Pratchett. His proud legacy: massively more understanding about dementia; Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) March 12, 2015
Sir Terry died at his home today after suffering from Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), an atypical variant of Alzheimer's.
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
1/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out” –The Light Fantastic
Pratchett photographed in 1990
2/13 "We Pratchetts are a feisty bunch"
Pratchett with his daughter Rhianna at home in 2009. Rhianna is now a writer in her own right and has written the storylines to video games such as Tomb Raider and Overlord
3/13 "It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's"
Terry Pratchett delivers a petition on behalf of the Alzheimer's Research Trust calling for an increase in government funding for dementia research in 2008
4/13 "Imagination, not intelligence, made us human"
Terry Pratchett with his double-row of six computer screens in 2009
5/13 “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story”
Pratchett was awarded an OBE in 1998
6/13 “Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove” - The Truth
Terry Pratchett launches his 25th novel of the 'Discworld' series, 'The Truth' in 2000
7/13 “Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you”
In 2007, the year he announced he had Alzeihmer's
8/13 "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood"
Receiving his knighthood in 2009
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9/13 "Life doesn't happen in chapters - at least, not regular ones"
Pratchett at home in 2009
10/13 “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”
Pratchett at the world congress of the World Federation of the Right-to-Die Societies in Zurich, 2012
11/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out”
Attends the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in 2012
12/13 "Insanity is Catching"
Pratchett won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Telegraph Hay Festival, pictured with Snuff the pig in 2013
13/13 “People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it” - Mort
Campaigning for Dementia Friends in 2014
The final tweets on his Twitter account portrayed a conversation with the character of Death, so that he died as he had lived - telling a story.Reuse content