Fantasy novelist David Gemmell, best known for stories such as Legend and Waylander, has died at the age of 57.More from BBC News.
Gemmell had heart bypass surgery two weeks ago and appeared to be making a good recovery, according to his publisher Transworld.
His career began in 1984 with Legend, a tale of a fortress under siege. He wrote 30 novels in total.
Transworld managing director Larry Finlay said Gemmell was "writing at the peak of his powers".