"The point is that descriptive writing is very rarely entirely accurate and during the reign of Olaf Quimby II as Patrician of Ankh some legislation was passed in a determined attempt to put a stop to this sort of thing and introduce some honesty into reporting. Thus, if a legend said of a notable hero that "all men spoke of his prowess" any bard who valued his life would add hastily "except for a couple of people in his home village who thought he was a liar, and quite a lot of other people who had never really heard of him."
Before he was very famous, and even after, Terry Pratchett quite frequently came to the science-fiction bookshop in Lancaster to sign his books. This bookshop was a tiny, tiny shop filled with books, new and secondhand, and the large-personalitied Peter Pinto, owner. I met Terry several times at these signings and he always had loads of time to chat.
When somebody dies so young it makes me feel, even more, that trying to get healthy and make more of life is so important. And is almost a duty.