Australian author Sara Warneke, 54, who wrote bestselling fantasy novels as Sara Douglass, died September 26, 2011 of cancer.
She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and lost her battle earlier today.
While I have not read much of her work, I know that the SF/F community will miss her terribly, not just as a person, but also as a writer. It is a sad day when we lose one of our own and I wish the best for those she left behind. My condolences to her friends and family. May she live forever through her work.