Not easy words for me to write. He gave it the good fight but in the end, as we all eventually will, he lost the battle.
Dena and I had a chance to meet him several years ago at a book signing. He was a friendly fellow and seemed larger than life, at the time. I've been a fan since the day I picked up "The Eye of the World". Once upon a time, in the mid 90's, I had a fan site that kept track of as many of the plot twists and turns, and characters, as I could identify. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for epic fantasy and he was among the masters of the field.
The official site is being slammed, but here is what it says.
It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God's timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba.
Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her.
Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support through this ordeal. He knew you were there. Harriet reminded him today that she was very proud of the many lives he had touched through his work. We've all felt the love that you've been sending my brother/cousin. Please keep it coming as our Harriet could use the support.
Jason will be posting funeral arrangements.
My sincerest thanks.
Peace and Light be with each of you,
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