My brother Joe sent me notice that James Oliver Rigney, Jr., who gave us both such pleasure as Robert Jordan, author of the saga called The Wheel of Time, has died. This comes as a shock, since he had seemed to be doing so well in his year-plus-long battle with Amyloidosis.
Even just a week ago, he was contesting rumours of his immanent demise, and his cousin Wilson was speaking of the rate at which A Memory of Light, the final volume of The Wheel of Time, was coming out on word processor and audio tapes, in-between bouts of medically-prescribed rest. The official announcement came on his blog through the Dragonmount website:
Sometimes even when you’ve fought your best….The Wheel of Time is up in the regions of The Lord of the Rings for the amount of sheer pleasure it has given me over the years, and that is the very highest praise I can muster. Very few authors succeed in giving back to our world a world of their own.
Posted by Wilson on September 16th, 2007 in the Robert Jordan's Blog category
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,
4th of 3
To Catalyst: Never, never loose faith. RJ did not. Harriet hasn’t. I haven’t. Going through what we have, our faith is only strengthened. Besides, if God didn’t exist, we would have never had Jim. We did. God does. Remember my Brother/Cousin, my friend, think of him fondly and glorify God’s name.
James Oliver Rigney, Jr., a.k.a. Robert Jordan
October 17, 1948 - September 16, 2007