Marcus Sedgwick, a 54-year-old award-winning author and illustrator of both adult and juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and scholarly essays, has passed away. In this article we have shared about How did he die?, What happened? and what was Marcus Sedgwick cause of death.
How did Marcus Sedgwick die?
Marcus Sedgwick, a writer of more than 40 books for both children and adults, has passed away at the age of 54. His death, which was reported as “unexpected” by his literary agency RCW, was confirmed.
I’m so sad to hear of the death of Marcus Sedgwick. A gentle and helpful friend and a fearless writer.— David Almond (@davidjalmond) November 17, 2022
His agency RCW issued the following statement, which was provided to The Bookseller: “It is with great sadness that RCW announces the sudden passing of author Marcus Sedgwick. In this very sad and trying time, his family and close friends ask for privacy.
Marcus Sedgwick cause of death
RCW, Marcus’ literary agency, released a statement to inform his followers of his departure on November 17, 2022. “It is with deep grief that RCW announces the sudden death of author Marcus Sedgwick,” the notification begins. Marcus’s accomplishments are listed in the statement, which also states that “His family and close friends desire privacy at this extremely sad and difficult time.”
There is currently no stated cause of death for Marcus; only that it was “unexpected.” Marcus did, however, go into great detail about his battle with a chronic illness before he passed away.
Sedgwick illness history
Marcus penned a blog post for BookTrust in 2019, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to assisting in the distribution of books to children. Marcus revealed that he received a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, in 2013 and was then given the prescription for cognitive behavioural therapy in the hopes that it would alleviate his symptoms. Unfortunately, some of his symptoms went away but not all of them.
Marcus claimed that while he used to run three miles a day, CFS made him only be able to walk short distances on a good day. As a result, he made the decision to write the book Snowflake, AZ, which is about chronic illnesses that are “invisible,” like multiple chemical sensitivity.
Marcus noted that since CFS is a physiological condition in a 2020 interview with Practical Pain Management that some people sometimes dismiss his suffering as a mental disorder. The most alarming aspect of his illness, he said, was that his head was a complete wreck. This was in addition to not being able to stand or walk for more than a few minutes.
Marcus added that CFS patients frequently experience “brain fog” that impairs their ability to think clearly.
In this trying time, fans hope the best for his friends and family.
Sedgwick’s first book
Floodland, Sedgwick’s first book, was released by Delacorte Press in 2000 and was the recipient of the Branford Boase Award, as well as the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand is Singing. More than 30 accolades, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice), and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, were shortlisted for his novels overall (four times). With one victory and two honour books, he is also the most well-known author in Printz Award history.
Earlier this year, Summersdale agreed to publish two nonfiction books by Sedgwick as part of a new series called Be the Change. Thomas Taylor will be the series’ illustrator.
Celebrated children’s author
Be the Change: The Book’s world rights were purchased by commissioning editor Anna Martin from Kirsty McLachlan at Morgan Green Creatives and Claire Wilson at RCW. Be Kind – Rise Up and Make a Difference to the World, jointly released on August 11, 2022. Be Calm – Rise up and Don’t Let Anxiety Hold You Back and Be the Change.
“[These books] are brilliant interactive and accessible resources for kids to learn about the importance of empathy and mental health—so they can be the change they want to see,” said Sedgwick, who was born and raised in a small village in Kent and most recently resided in the south of France, at the time.
Regarding Sedgwick, Wilson stated today on Twitter: “Marcus was the beginning of everything for me; his writing helped me to remember the value and potential of children’s literature. I will always be appreciative for the privilege of being able to speak for him and for discovering such a lovely, insightful, and humorous person behind the writing. It is a terrible loss.”
Tribute to Marcus Sedgwick
Ragged Bears said,
Very sad news about a very talented and much loved author. Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick dies ‘unexpectedly’ aged 54
Louise Nettleton said,
Forever grateful to Marcus Sedgwick for giving a voice to others who shared his experience of living with a long term health condition and for challenging the stigma that surrounds long term health conditions. A shining light.
Mrs T said,
Really sad to hear the news about Marcus Sedgwick. He has been one of my favourite authors since I was recommended ‘The Dark Horse’ during teacher training. His writing was so immense that I got scared reading one of his books in broad daylight. What an author.
S. E. Lister said,
My thoughts this evening are with the people who loved Marcus Sedgwick. I only knew him a little but he was a generous encourager and an ally in an often lonely industry.
Nick Gibbins said,
Very sad to hear of the untimely death of Marcus Sedgwick; both of my children (10 and 15) so enjoyed his Floodland, that they used it to plan their first visit to Ely earlier this year.
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