Terry Pratchett dead: Remember the Discworld author with this moving right to die video

The author, who died on Thursday at the age of 66 and lived for eight years with Alzheimer's, was a passionate advocate of assisted death

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Terry Pratchett, who has died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's, will be best remembered for his Discworld fantasy series, and his passionate support of the right to die.

In this lecture, Pratchett gets Tony Robinson to read much of his speech, which is a set of musings and jokes about death.

The aim of the speech, he said, was to "to bring the monster down". That monster was, of course, Alzheimer's - or posterior cortical atrophy. PCA is a form of the disease that severely effect's the sufferer's cognitive ability.

"Alzheimer's has been hidden in darkness," he said. "I wanted there to be a termination and a reckoning."

"Rather than let Alzheimer's take me, I would take it," he says. "I would live my life as ever to the full and die, before the disease mounted its last attack, in my own home, in a chair on the lawn, with a brandy in my hand to wash down whatever modern version of the 'Brompton cocktail' some helpful medic could supply. "And with Thomas Tallis on my iPod, I would shake hands with Death."

Sir Terry, you will be very much missed.