Brian Jacques dies after emergency surgery
8th February 2011
Liverpool-born writer Brian Jacques, whose children's books have sold more than 20 million copies, has passed away at the age of 71.
The Redwall author was sent for an urgent operation at Royal Liverpool hospital on Saturday (February 5th) to fix a swelling on his heart's main artery but died, the Liverpool Daily Post reported.
Jim Jacques, the writer's brother, told the newspaper: 'It was sudden. He had to go for an emergency operation on an aneurism that had appeared on his aorta and they just couldn't save him.'
A message posted by the author's family on his website thanked his readers for the 'many messages of condolence' that have been sent.
Jacques' Redwall children's books follow the adventures of a group of animals living in an abbey. The series started with 1986's Redwall and features instalments such as Mattimeo, The Bellmaker and The Long Patrol.
The author also wrote the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series, which comprised Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, The Angel's Command and Voyage of Slaves.