Scottish author Iain Banks, who was battling cancer, died at the age of 59 on June 9, 2013. Banks said back in April 2013 that he was battling terminal gall bladder cancer and was likely to live less than a year. The author was best known for his novels including The Wasp Factory, Complicity and The Crow Road.
The author’s publisher said in a statement that he was an irreplaceable figure in the literary world. The website of the author called Banksophilia, which was set up in order to provide updates to his fans, had a quote from his wife Adele which read, “Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.”
The Little, Brown Book Group publisher said that the author was one of the country’s best-loved novelists for his work on mainstream, as well as science fiction books. The publisher also went on to say that Banks had the power to put together the most productive of imaginations with his own highly distinctive gothic humor, a combination which made him stand out from everyone else.
On June 9, 2013, it was revealed that his latest book, novel titled The Quarry, which was supposed to be released on June 20, 2013, will detail the emotional and physical strain of cancer.