Bestselling fantasy author Robert Jordan passed away on 16 September, at the age of 58, from a rare blood disease he had been diagnosed with in early 2006.
His death leaves the final installment in his famous Wheel of Time saga incomplete, and the decision whether to complete and release the last volume, which had a working title of A Memory of Light, has been left with his estate. However, fans have been assured that the author shared important plot details with family members before he died, so presumably any new release will complete the cycle according to Jordan’s plans and wishes.
There has been a huge outpouring of condolences, eulogies and discussion from Jordan’s friends and fanbase; read more here, here, here, and here. At the time of posting, there were 1,262 comments on Jordan’s publisher’s blog, regarding the death notice.