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Another Loss in the Fantasy World

I just learned from George R. R. Martin’s not-a-blog that James Oliver Rigney, Jr., better known to fans of literature as Robert Jordan, passed away during the afternoon of September 16th, 2007 from complications resulting from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (cardiac amyloidosis).

He wrote the incredibly influential Wheel of Time fantasy saga as well as the well known Conan novel, Conan The Destroyer.

He was once quoted as saying, “I’ll keep on writing until they nail down my coffin.” True to his word, he did, working on right up to the end on his 12th and final installment of his Wheel of Time saga. Unfortunately he was not able to finish it before his startling early departure from this mortal coil. He was only 58.

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