Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...English children's author and illustrator Babette Cole died on 15th January aged 66; her books include Princess Smartypants (1986) and Prince Cinders (1987)...Italian author Giulio Angioni died on 12th January aged 77...American author of The Exorcist (1971), William Peter Blatty, died on 12th January aged 89...

Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

Death: 27th February 2002
Location: Church of St. Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea, East Sussex, England
Cause of death: Liver Failure
Photo taken by: Clive and Chris

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Comedian and writer, best remembered for his role in the Goon ShowSpike was the main writer of the Goon Show, which was the inspiration for many other performers, including those who went on to form Monty Python's Flying Circus. Having to produce a script each week took its toll on Spike and his health was adversely affected. He suffered from bipolar disorder and had several breakdowns during his life.
As well as his work as a comedian he is also remembered for writing nonsense verse for children, which has been compared to that of Lewis Carroll. He also wrote several war memoirs including Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall and Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall.
He had requested that his headstone bore the epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’ but this request was refused by the church so as a compromise the epitaph was carved in Irish - ‘Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite’.

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