James Oliver Rigney, Jr., who wrote under the pen name of Robert Jordan, has passed away.
From Andrew Wheeler:
According to a post this evening on his blog, bestselling fantasy author Robert Jordan died this afternoon at his home in Charleston, South Carolina after a long battle with a form of cancer. He had been diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy in March of 2006 and had received several rounds of chemotherapy treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for his condition.
Jordan was best known for the still-unfinished “Wheel of Time” series: eleven novels and a prequel had been published before his illness. The status of the projected final novel, A Memory of Light, is unknown at this time. Jordan had also written a number of well-received “Conan” novels and a number of historical novels under the name Reagan O’Neill.