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    Robert Jordan died today Sunday September 16th
    May he rest in the light till he is spun out again

    "Charleston novelist James Oliver Rigney Jr., 58, known to millions of readers by the pen name Robert Jordan, the best-selling author of "The Wheel of Time" fantasy series, died Sunday after a fight with the rare blood disease amyloidosis, a progressive disorder first diagnosed in December 2005 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

    Rigney, who also wrote novels under the nom de plume Reagan O'Neal, succumbed to complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy.

    In an open letter to the science fiction magazine Locus in April of 2006, Rigney said he had been diagnosed with a disorder that affects only eight people out of one million each year.

    The most popular fantasy author since J.R.R. Tolkien, Rigney was born in 1948 in Charleston. A graduate of The Citadel who earned a degree in physics, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, winning a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. A life-long history buff and voracious reader, he also wrote dance and theater criticism. He had been writing full time since 1977.

    His "Wheel of Time" series was among the best-selling in the history of fantasy publishing, with thousands of Web sites devoted in whole or in part to his writing. He also wrote many of the popular "Conan the Barbarian" books, picking up from series creator Robert E. Howard.

    A note published on his blog, www.dragonmount.com, announcing his death continued to fill up with the comments from fans from across the globe Sunday night as word spread of his death.

    At the time of his death, Rigney was one of the leading lights of the Lowcountry literary community. Along with outdoor activities, he liked playing poker and chess and collecting hats and pipes.

    He is survived by his wife, Harriet McDougal Rigney.

    Funeral services will be announced later this week. "
    Last edited by Lunan; 09-16-2007, 10:46 PM.

  • #2
    i can't seem to get onto dragonmount.com to leave my respects for the man and offer whatever comfort typed words can offer to Harriet

    i will be taking today off and spend the time reflecting and re-readed some selected passages from his work

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    • #3
      The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.

      I was very saddened when I read this on DragonMount yesterday.

      I have posted a quick thought about RJ's passing on my blog.
      Last edited by AaronB; 09-17-2007, 09:39 AM. Reason: update
      ---
      Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
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      • #4
        I'm sorry to hear of his death. It's been many years since I read any of his books but I know that he had many devoted fans who'll miss his writing deeply.

        Jan
        "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jan View Post
          I'm sorry to hear of his death. It's been many years since I read any of his books but I know that he had many devoted fans who'll miss his writing deeply.

          Jan
          its not just his books Jan. his family and his blogging and his speaking, he was a real "character". one of the more unique people i have ever had the pleasure of reading and hearing, i wish i had met him in person

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Radhil
            I hope the guy gets better, truly. I'd really like him to write something great again.
            So much for that.

            Maybe the Wheel will spin him out again someday.
            Radhil Trebors
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Radhil View Post
              So much for that.

              Maybe the Wheel will spin him out again someday.
              Most likely in the next Age.
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              Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
              www.benedictfamily.org/podcast

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              • #8
                What a sad loss. Robert Jordan was a great writer and his passing is a truly sad moment for those that appreciate good writing and story telling...

                For those interested, here is some info posted on Robert's blogsite:
                http://www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan/
                - - - - -

                Sometimes even when you’ve fought your best….

                Posted by Wilson on September 16th, 2007 in the Robert Jordan's Blog category

                It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God’s timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba.

                Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her.

                Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support through this ordeal. He knew you were there. Harriet reminded him today that she was very proud of the many lives he had touched through his work. We’ve all felt the love that you’ve been sending my brother/cousin. Please keep it coming as our Harriet could use the support.

                Jason will be posting funeral arrangements.

                My sincerest thanks.

                Peace and Light be with each of you,

                Wilson
                Brother/Cousin
                4th of 3

                To Catalyst: Never, never loose faith. RJ did not. Harriet hasn’t. I haven’t. Going through what we have, our faith is only strengthened. Besides, if God didn’t exist, we would have never had Jim. We did. God does. Remember my Brother/Cousin, my friend, think of him fondly and glorify God’s name.

                Editor’s Note:
                The entire staff of Dragonmount.com would like to extend its most deepest sympathies to Robert Jordan’s family. He touched all of our lives in some way and we wish him the rest and peace he deserves. We will be posting information in the near future about where you can send condolences. Please check the News Section for these updates.

                - - - - - -

                ...And posted just the week before RJ passed....

                - - - - - -

                Epilog: Yes he is continuing to work through all of this medical calamity. MOL ("A Memory of Light") is going into the word processor and onto audio tapes almost daily. Not every day mind you, because the medical fight takes first priority. But, he told you he’d finish and he will. Fact is that it has been finished in his head for years. During a recent family sit around, he became the Gleeman and told the bones of it ALL to Harriet and me. You read that right, I did say ALL. Don’t ask, ain’t telling. Two and a half hours of story telling by the Creator himself went by in the twinkling of an eye. Truly magical. All I can say is WOW! Best stuff he’s ever done. MOL is going to knock your socks off! That’s a promise.

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                • #9
                  Is it mean of me to be more upset that he didn't finish the series?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
                    Is it mean of me to be more upset that he didn't finish the series?
                    mean? no. Cold and selfish? That is a different story.

                    Seriously though, I think that that thought went across every reader's mind. It's been mentioned on DragonMount (the biggest WoT fan site and where RJ had his blog) that there are plenty of chapters that have been dictated by RJ and outlines that he wrote. My guess is that his wife Harriet will finish Memories of Light
                    ---
                    Co-host of The Second Time Around podcast
                    www.benedictfamily.org/podcast

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                    • #11
                      Is it mean of me to be more upset that he didn't finish the series?
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                      • #12
                        Don't think it's intentional Smile, but you are kinda repeating yourself there.
                        Radhil Trebors
                        Persona Under Construction

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
                          Is it mean of me to be more upset that he didn't finish the series?
                          ah but he sort of did

                          a week before he died, he sat down with harriet and wilson for over 2 hours and told them the end. he has also been recording alot of tapes for the book.

                          i expect Harriet and Wilson will finish it.
                          my bet is about a year till we see it on our shelves

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                          • #14
                            Ack...how did I post the same post twice like that in 15 minutes? ....that's a weird glitch.
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                            • #15
                              I recall reading ~6 months ago that he had picked a successor to complete the series in the event he was unable to himself. I don't recall if that was his wife or another author. In any case, I believe he worked with that person to make sure he/she would have the material necessary to finish out the series.

                              -DougO

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