Terry Pratchett is the author of the Discworld books, as well as co-author of "Good Omens" with Neil Gaiman and numerous other works.  
He has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's. I can't imagine a more terrifying future for someone of such wit and intelligence.  
Damn it.
. . .
AB: Wow. I'm really saddened by this. Crap. :(
If anyone needs me,
crataegus: I'll be in my kitchen drinking the stuff under the sink.
pneum0nic: You keep your likker cabinet under teh sink? Me too!
FuzzyDave: likker?  
I hardly KNOW her!  
fabulon7: Liquor Control Board?!?!?
reapre: I saw him at our little sci-fi / fantasy con here in Memphis last March.  
Didn't get to speak to him, but I imagine that other folks have already said all the important sentiments.
First Douglas Adams
vinfille: and now this.  
Embuggerance indeed.