His last breath at the age of 88 was left by the author from South Africa, Wilbur Smith, as announced by his publishing company.
“World bestselling writer Wilbur Smith died unexpectedly this afternoon at his home in Cape Town after a reading and writing breakfast with his wife, Niso, by his side,” said a press release posted on the Web site. .
Wilbur Smith wrote 49 novels that were translated into some thirty languages and sold a total of 140 million copies, according to the publishing company.
Born on January 9, 1933 in Northern Rhodesia – now Zambia – to British parents, Wilbur Smith became famous when he was printed his first novel, with Title When the Lions Feeds, in 1964.
He tasted his greatest success with the monumental “Courtney Epic”, a series of thirteen novels that narrate the fate of a family for over three centuries, from the beginning of the colonization of Africa by Europeans to the period of apartheid in South Africa.
Wilbur Smith “transported his readers to the gold mines of South Africa, among the pirates of the Indian Ocean, to treasures buried on tropical islands, to the wars in Arabia and Khartoum, to ancient Egypt, to the Second World War, to the Second World War. “in India, America and Antarctica, where they met ruthless diamond traders and slaves, hunters of prey in the jungles and bushlands” of the African extremities, according to a press release from his publishing company.
His publisher, for her part, thanked the “millions of Smith fans around the world” who loved “his strong writing.”