Dick Francis passed away today. Amazing writer who clocked up more than forty racing novels, a true professional. He was 89 and had been frail for a while. I was amazed at how quickly his Wikipedia entry was updated. His death was noted within minutes and his entry rewritten accordingly.
Dick's son Felix rushed out a statement saying: 'My brother, Merrick, and I are, of course, devastated by the loss of our father, but we rejoice in having been the sons of such an extraordinary man.
'We share in the joy that he brought to so many over such a long life. It is an honour for me to be able to continue his remarkable legacy through the new novels.'
Nice one, Felix. A tribute to the old man and a plug for your own books. Your PR must be very proud.....