BEST-selling author Deric Longden has died aged 77.
He collapsed at home in Marsh and passed away in hospital.
Mr Longden was diagnosed with terminal cancer last November.
He leaves a wife Aileen and two children, Sally and Nick, from his first marriage to Diana. Her death from ME inspired his best seller Diana’s Story.
The man behind the Emmy-award-winning Lost For Words had been in declining health for the last 10 years.
He had suffered a series of mini-strokes which robbed him of the ability to write.
He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. It was forced into remission by radiotherapy but a scan last November 12 revealed the tumour had returned.