David Eddings Passes Away at 77 (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Thursday, June 04, 2009
Source: Scifi.About.com

Fantasy writer David Eddings has passed away at the age of 77. David, who was spotlighted in our recent Top 20 Greatest Fantasy Writers of All-Time, was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.

Inspired into the world of fantasy after reading Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series, Eddings left his footprint on the genre landscape when he wrote Pawn of Prophecy, the first of a five book series called “The Belgariad”.

As Mania's Tim Janson said back in April, Eddings' contributions represent some of the best-selling and most popular fantasies of the 1980s with "Belgariad" and “The Mallorean", another popular five book series from his imagination.

For more on the writer, check out Mark Whittington's piece over at Associated Content.

Thanks to Maniac Pella for passing the sad news.