David Eddings passes away aged 77
Bestselling fantasy author David Eddings has passed away aged 77.
Eddings was an American born author best know for his epic fantasy novels The Belgariad and The Malloreon are his most loved works and two characters in particular; Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress have entered into fantasy folklore.
Born in Spokane, Washington on the 7th July 1931, the son of George Wayne and Theone, Eddings spent his formative years in the Puget Sound area of Seattle. He served in the United States Army between 1954 and 1956 and also worked as a purchaser for the Boeing Company. Other jobs included grocery clerk and English teacher.
It is believed that Eddings always wanted to be an actor.
David married Judith Leigh Schall on the 27th of October 1962. David and Leigh were married for over 45 years until Leigh died, aged 69, following a series of strokes.
Eddings would have celebrated his 78th birthday in July.
David Eddings greatest contribution to literature was that he made youngsters, often faced with numerous other avenues of entertainment, read again. He will be sadly missed.