February 14, 2010

Dick Francis Dead - News

Sad news in the literary world as the legendary mystery writer Dick Frances passed away at the age of 89. Francis was known for his decades-running series of crime and mystery novels that centered around the world of horse racing.

Dick Francis was himself a top jockey in the horse racing world of the 1950s, winning over 300 races, and drew from that life experience for his books about that racetrack world and all the gambling, pageantry and decadence that comes with it. His son Felix said in memory of his late father, "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."

Dick Francis Dead - News

Prolific author Dick Francis, a former jockey whose thrillers rode high in best-selling lists for decades, has died at the age of 89, his family said. He passed away at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman from "old age", according to a statement released through his publicist.

His son, Felix, said on Sunday he was "devastated" as he paid tribute to his "extraordinary" father, who produced 42 novels.

Dick Francis Dead - News

Posted at February 14, 2010 5:17 AM