Scottish Author Iain Banks Dies of Gallbladder Cancer


Iain Banks


The award-winning author passed away after announcing that he suffered the disease in April.

Best-selling author Iain Banks passed away just a few weeks after he announced that he was diagnosed with terminal gallbladder cancer. He was 59. Bank's passing was announced by his wife, author and horror film curator, Adele Hartley.

"Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain," she wrote on Banks' website on June 9. Following the author's passing, publisher Little Brown said in a statement, "Just three weeks ago he was presented with finished copies of his last novel, 'The Quarry', and enjoyed celebration parties with old friends and fans across the publishing world." The publishing company also referred to the author as "an irreplaceable part of the literary world" and "one of the country's best-loved novelists."

Banks, who began writing novels since early age, shocked his fans when he announced in April that he was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. The author told his fans that he probably would not have much time left. He also said that he had asked his longtime partner if she could "do me the honor of becoming my widow."

According to Daily Mail, the pair got married in a humanist ceremony in the Scottish Highlands over the Easter weekend and jetted to Venice and Paris for honeymoon. As he received medical treatment, he updated his fans with his condition and thanked them for the endless support via his website. "I feel treasured. I am deeply flattered and touched, and I can't deny I've been made to feel very special indeed," he wrote.

Banks published his first novel "The Wasp Factory" in 1984. He released his first sci-fi novel three years later. In 2008, Banks was named as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His final novel "The Quarry", which will be released on June 20, was written after he was diagnosed with the disease in March. The book tells a story of a terminal cancer patient who is cared by his 18-year-old son.

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Kylie Jenner Goes Makeup Free During a Day Out With Tyga
  2. Pregnant Again? Blac Chyna Sports Suspicious Bump While Stepping Out With Another Man
  3. Report: Michael Strahan Begging to Return to 'Live! with Kelly' After Feud With 'GMA' Co-Host
  4. Beyonce's Ex Manager Reveals How the Singer Is Trying to Save Her Marriage to Jay-Z
  5. She's 'Dying'! Cher Suffers From Mystery Illness
  6. Madonna's Malawi Twins' Father Says He Didn't Realize the Adoption Was Permanent
  7. Stella Maxwell Shows Off Her Pert Derriere in Cheeky Hotpants
  8. Fergie Shows Off Pert Derriere in Cheeky Instagram Picture
  9. Angelina Jolie Finally Breaks Silence on Brad Pitt Split: We Will Always Be a Family
  10. You're Not the Victim! Brad Pitt Blasts Angelina Jolie's Cambodian Interview

CELEBS PHOTO