Novelist Wilbur Smith Unexpectedly Died at Aged 88
Sadly, global bestselling author Wilbur Smith passed away at his home in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2021.
The “undisputed and inimitable master of adventure writing”, Smith’s 49 published books have sold more than 140 million copies around the world.
When The Lion Feeds was published in 1964, it was an instant smash, and each of his following novels has charted on the best-seller lists. When it was published, it was the first in Smith’s long-running Courtney series, which recounts the Courtney family’s exploits from the start of colonial Africa through the American Civil War to the apartheid era in South Africa.
His other bestseller books are including:
- The River God,
- The Triumph of the Sun.
Wilbur Addison Smith was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in 1933. He was a survivalist and big game hunter, managing his own game reserve and he owned a tropical island in Seychelles.
He married four times; he met his fourth wife Mokhiniso Rakhimova, known as Niso, in a WH Smith store in London back in 2000.
Smith leaves behind his three children, sons Shaun and Lawrence and daughter Christian, but had been estranged from them, telling the Sunday Times in 2015: “They were important to me at one point, make no mistake – very important – but not now. It’s sadder for them than it is for me because they’re not getting any more money.”
Reactions to Wilbur Smith’s Death
Although nothing has been reported clarifying Wilbur Smith’s cause of sudden death, many fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
An online user wrote: “Somehow one felt Wilbur Smith would last forever. When my son was a baba, hubby and I met him briefly at the Caravan Park area near Plet. My son was a baba then and Wilbur held him for a moment or two. I’ll never forget those moments. He had amazing talent.”
One tweeted: “He was in some truly classic movies but for me he’ll always be the creepy hologram from that cheesy time travel show. RIP Wilbur Smith.”
A fan wrote: “RIP Wilbur Smith. I grew out of his books decades ago but as a teenager read the lot. Made me fascinated by different eras and geographies of history. Eg After the Sunbird became fascinated by ancient Carthage…”
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