CNN reports that James Oliver Rigney Jr, better known to the world as Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series, has died at 58.

Per a statement from his personal assistent, Mr. Rigney suffered from a  genetic disorder called ‘primary amyloidosis’ which, among others, caused a thickening of his heart muscle.

To Mr. Rigney, where ever you are:  I’ve been reading sci-fi books since I was in elementary school and was a huge fan of the Wheel of Time series.  In the last two months, I even purchased a new set of the series for my brother to read and enjoy.  You will be missed.

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Jerry Paxton

A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of