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Popular author Wilbur Smith passed away

International Desk
Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith, the author of the internationally best-selling book, has died. He was 88 years old at the time of his death. He died at his home in Cape Town, South Africa. Smith's publisher confirmed his death news.

This information was given in a report by the British media BBC.

He died Saturday afternoon, according to a statement posted on Wilbur Smith's Books website. His wife was by his side at that time. Smith's 49 books have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide.

He became widely known after his first novel, When the Lion Feeds, was published in 1964. The novel tells the story of a young man who grew up on a cattle farm in South Africa. It topped the list of top sellers soon after its release.

In addition to being a popular writer, he was a great game hunter, a scuba diver, and a licensed pilot.

The publisher said in a statement that the success of the first book had given him the opportunity to travel long distances in search of inspirational and adventurous work. Smith was a believer in deep research.

In a biography published on the website, Smith said, "I've written about blacks and whites, as well as about hunting, gold mining, alcohol, and women."

The popular author was born in January 1933 in northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. His other best-selling books include the River God and The Triumph of the Sun.

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