Author Robert Jordan dies aged 58

Sadly we must report the death of fantasy author Robert Jordan, who wrote the Wheel of Time series of books.

Real name James Rigney, he died yesterday, after suffering for some time with a rare disorder (amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy). The author’s funeral will take place on Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Rigney family are asking the donations be made to the Amyloidosis Research group at the Mayo Clinic in lieu of flowers.

This news has now been widely reported: we are indebted to Robert Jordan’s own website , Sci-Fi Storm , the Orbit blog and this obituary at TarValon.net .