Author James Oliver Rigney, Jr. died yesterday after a year and a half battle with cardiac amyloidosis. Rigney, a.k.a Robert Jordan, wrote the Wheel of Time series as well as many other books.
I used to joke with Kristen and my dad that my only goal in life was to become more famous than my published doppleganger. I never read his books, but I did play a Wheel of Time role playing game a few years back.
Hearing about his death made me feel strange. It must be the combo of him being my life's benchmark and the similar name.
Perhaps I am getting old. It's very sobering, thinking about this man, his life, his battle with a terminal disease and the family he leaves behind.