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"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Transworld Publishers' Larry Finlay.
Sir Terry, best known for the Discworld series, wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career.
He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.
The author died at home, surrounded by his family.
His death was announced on his Twitter account, on Thursday afternoon.
The first tweet was composed in capital letters - which was how the author portrayed the character of Death in his novels.
originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: gortex
RIP you brilliant, funny man. Thank you for the laughter and delight at reading your books, I have every one.
He created an amazing world with such clever, believable characters. The Patrician has to be one of my favourites but there are so many to choose from, all with their unique temperaments. The only other comedy author I also love to read is Tom Sharpe, but I could never read either when trqavelling on the train because I couldn't control the laughter.