Dick Francis Dies at Age 89

Dick Francis, the former champion jockey who found fame and fortune as the author of scores of horse racing novels, died at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman, according to a statement released by his publicist. He was 89 years old. According to the Telegraph obit, a small funeral is planned in Grand Cayman with a memorial service to follow in London at a later point. Francis was previously deceased by Mary, his wife of 53 years (and regular collaborator on his books) in 2000, and is survived by his sons Merrick and Felix, the latter whom was credited on Francis’s novels these last few years, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“My brother, Merrick, and I are, of course devastated

by the loss of our father, but we rejoice in having been the sons of such an

extraordinary man,” Felix Francis said to the Telegraph. “We share in the joy that he brought to so many over such

a long life. It is an honour for me to be able to continue his remarkable

legacy through the new novels.”

There is one more Francis novel left to publish: Putnam will release the hardcover edition of CROSSFIRE on August 24 with the paperback of EVEN MONEY due out three weeks earlier, on August 3.

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