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    Brian Jacques passes away at 71

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...yside-12380763

    A former merchant sailor whose children's books sold millions worldwide has died aged 71

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    He died after a heart attack at the weekend and leaves a wife and two grown up sons.

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    I'm too sad to really say anything about this right now. Thank you for your magical books, Mr. Jacques.

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    That is... terrible. I am literally shell shocked right now. My heart goes out to his family. Further words fail me.
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    How I just wish that it was April 1st and this was all a grand joke.

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    I happened to be on Twitter, a very rare event for me, when I saw Redwall trending, intrigued,I clicked.....and caught Brian Jacques in the corner of my eye, which was when that horrible feeling started creeping up from my stomach...and deep inside you know what's happened before the page has loaded.That was only a few minutes ago...so I really don't know how to feel about it. I haven't read his books for quite a while, but man...this was the guy that actually got me reading in the first place, something I believe true for quite a few of us.From where I'm sitting I look directly at my bookshelf, one shelf completely filled with his books....just the memories from reading those books,the laughter at the bizarre situations Jacques would create, the tears when your favourite characters died,it's such an essential part of my childhood and it makes me sad that there won't be any more added. (Although, admittedly, I haven't read the last two yet....) I never knew he was that old, 71....it's strange, I never really imagined this to happen, perhaps because of the frequent April Fool's messages announcing his death, I don't think I was expecting it anymore, weird as that may sound. Come to think of it, this forum wouldn't be here without him. I would've never learnt English as fast as I did without his books.Still a shock, will probably come back when I've had some time to think about it....let it sink in a little, though I don't feel as sad as I would have expected, just dulled.
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    Oh man, one of my friends sent me this link a few minutes ago and I came straight here to see if everyone knew yet. What devastating news. Few other authors I can think of shaped my life more than Mr. Jacques, especially my childhood. Even now his influence on my writing and art style is still noticeable. My thoughts will be with his family and friends.

    May you find greener pastures on the other side, Mr. Jacques, and sleep peacefully in Dark Forest.
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    Wow... I haven't read or thought about Brian Jacques in a long time, but his books were so influential for my late childhood/early teen years (I'm 24 now)- and this forum too. I can't remember the last time I was here but I saw the news on Twitter a few minutes ago and it all started coming back. I met him once. He was gracious and generous with his time, staying to sign books and meet fans long after he was supposed to have left. I can't believe he's really gone.

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    Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He touched so many lives through his words...so sad to think that this next book may be the last Redwall book.

    (It's nice to see so many old friends popping up on the forum, but I am sad it is under these circumstances. Truly shows BJ's influence and impact on our lives though. )
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    A link to the obituary thread over at the Mudcat Cafe, with some reminiscences from people who knew Mr. Jacques from the Liverpool folk scene.

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    I'm interested in hearing from people on this forum who've met him, also. I have always wanted to, but he never visited the area I grew up in and I never was able to travel far. He came to Princeton once (where I live now), and my significant other got to meet him. Does anyone have any interesting stories or reminisces?
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    I was so very sorry to hear of his passing.

    I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Jacques at a book signing. I believe I had only read a few of his books at that time. There was a limit imposed on how many books each participant could get signed (I believe it was one "from home" book and one book purchased at the signing but I will have to check with Martin to be sure). I did not own any Redwall books of my own at that time, so I stood in line to get a few extra of my brother's signed. Mr. Jacques was a lovely gentleman and took time to speak with each of us as we came through the line. My thoughts are with his family.
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    Darn, just darn.. it's said you never know when it's going to be somebody's time to go but this really caught me off guard. Brian Jacques didn't seem that old to me and he kept putting out new books year after year. One thing is for sure, he left behind a great legacy. R.I.P. BJ
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    Sad to hear it is real this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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    I haven't been here for a while, nor do I know if anyone will remember me in particular, but I used to frequent these boards several years ago.

    Although I haven't read a book of his in a long time, I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Jacques this morning. Although my style has changed over the years, I consider him to be a great influence on me in terms of being a writer. I have fond memories of first discovering his books (and the TV series at the same time) and reading several, back to back over the span of a month.

    He will be greatly missed.

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