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South African writer Wilbur Smith, whose best-selling books have been published, has died “unexpectedly” at the age of 88, his publisher said.
A message posted on the author’s official Twitter account on Saturday evening read: “We are sad to announce that beloved author Wilbur Smith, whose books have been a best seller in the world, died unexpectedly this afternoon at his home in Cape Town, with his wife Nessau at his side.” .
Similar statements have also been posted on the Wilbur Smith Books website and social media pages, as well as on the Wilbur & Ness Smith website.
The South African writer, born in Zambia, published his first novel, “When the Lion Feeds” in 1964. Over the course of his career he has published 49 novels and has sold more than 140 million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages, according to a statement. Posted on Wilbur Smith Books.
“We are so grateful to the millions of fans around the world who have appreciated his wonderful writing and joined us all on his incredible adventures,” Wilbur Smith’s office said in a tweet.
“Writer. Communicator. Award-winning food junkie. Internet ninja. Incurable bacon fanatic.”