Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the beloved Discworld fantasy novels and countless other bestselling books, died earlier today at the age of 66.

Terry Pratchett was one of the funniest, cleverest and most human authors in the world; although he wrote primarily fantasy, his keen observations also made him one of the world's foremost satirists. His passing was announced by Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers, and confirmed by Pratchett's Facebook page. Although he'll be missed by his countless fans, he leaves behind a massive, wonderful library of works, which include Good Omens, The Nome trilogy, and many, many more. Here are the details, courtesy of PSJM:

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA [Posterior cortical atrophy] in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.

Perhaps the most fitting eulogy comes from the Twitter Pratchett shared with his longtime assistant Rob Wilkins:

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Contact the author at rob@io9.com.