Dick Francis has died.
LONDON (AFP) - Prolific author Dick Francis, a former jockey whose thrillers rode high in best-selling lists for decades, has died at the age of 89, his family said Sunday.
He passed away at his Caribbean home in Grand Cayman from "old age", according to a statement released through his publicist.
His son, Felix, said he was "devastated" as he paid tribute to his "extraordinary" father, who produced 42 novels.
Francis specialised in plots based on the horse racing industry, drawing on his own experiences of winning more than 350 races.