(CNN)"Despite rumor, Death isn't cruel -- merely terribly, terribly good at his job," wrote Terry Pratchett in "Sourcery," his fifth "Discworld" novel, a comic fantasy series that satirizes the modern world and set the English author's legendary status.
Terry Pratchett on Twitter: 'The End'
Pratchett, who passed away from Alzheimer's Disease, will also be remembered for his efforts to raise awareness of the illness.
Within moments of the announcement, his fans were quick to share his most memorable quotes and inspirational extracts from his wealth of more than 70 books.
Many stars also shared their tributes.
Others felt the loss of someone they knew personally.
And for those less familiar, now seems like a good time to start reading.
Aside from his publisher's statement, a final succession of poetic tweets were posted to his official account.
But there seemed to be only one simple way to conclude.