Fans petition ‘DEATH’ to bring back Pratchett
Published: 14 March 2015 7:32 AM


File photograph of British author Pratchett posing after delivering a petition on the behalf of the Alzheimer's Research Trust to 10 Downing Street in London

Terry Pratchett died of a form of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 66, his publishing house said on March 12, 2015. – Reuters pic, March 14, 2015.

Thousands of fans of British author Terry Pratchett signed a petition on Friday asking “Death” – one of the characters in his best-selling Discworld science-fantasy novels – to revive him.

“Bring back Terry Pratchett”, was the simple message in the missive carried on the website, which had more than 5,000 signatures.

“Death – are you sure you’re ready to meet your maker?” said one signatory, Tim Lidbetter.

Another, Iain Sutherland, said: “Terry Pratchett turned Death from a figure of hate into a much loved and sometimes welcomed character.
“No-one else cared about you Death. You owe him!”

Sara Edwards wrote: “I think that Terry Pratchett would kind of like the idea of petitioning Death.”

Pratchett, who sold more than 85 million books worldwide, died on Thursday aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the recurring characters in the Discworld novels was Death, a strangely endearing creature who is fond of cats – and whose utterances on the page are written in capital letters.

Many fans quoted from his works in their tributes on Twitter, including one of his most famous lines: “‘DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING,’ said Death. ‘JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.'” – AFP, March 14, 2015.

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