Sir Terry Pratchett, the author of more than 70 best-selling novels, has died aged 66 after a well-documented battle with Alzheimer's disease.
His publisher said he "passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family" - a year after writing his last book and eight after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Sir Terry's death was announced on his own Twitter page in tweets that echoed one of his most popular Discworld characters - Death himself, who always SPOKE LIKE THIS.
Death, who appeared as a grim reaper-style figure with a scythe was an increasingly sympathetic character in the Discworld series.
Good Omens, which Sir Terry co-authored with Neil Gaiman, includes the line:
"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH."
Here are just some of the other things Sir Terry wrote about Death, and death.
“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"