He was 66 and died eight years after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
He wrote over 70 novels, selling more than 75m books worldwide and was one of the UK’s most-loved aithors for his Discworld novels – The Colour of Magic was published in 1983. His 40th, Raising Steam, came out last year. He had completed his recent work using voice-recognition software.
He worked with science fiction writer Stephen Baxter on the “Long Earth” series of novels, the fourth -The Long Utopia – is due out in the summer.