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George Raymond Richard Martin, internationally bestselling author, was found dead in his home in New Mexico late Friday night.
Born in 1948, Martin was best known for his intensely popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, which inspired the creation of the critically acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones.” A source in the Santa Fe police department, who wished to remain anonymous, said that although the cause of death is currently unknown, it does not look like foul play was involved.
“Our first thought is always crazed fans,” he said in a statement. “But so far, it just looks like it was death by natural causes — and besides, nobody would want to kill him before he finished the series. That just wouldn’t make sense.”
Martin was currently in the process of writing and editing “The Winds of Winter,” the sixth book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Although his publishers said that the book would not be released before 2015, the police department said they found what looked to be a finished manuscript of the novel in Martin’s home. However, chances of the book being published posthumously are slim to none.
“Though the manuscript is clearly marked ‘The Winds of Winter,’ the entirety of the text is written in some sort of code,” our source said. “Nobody in the department has been able to crack it yet. At first we thought it was written in Elvish or Klingon, but we have a guy on the force who speaks both of those and even he can’t read it. This is shaping up to be the defining mystery of the 21st century.”
Even if the code is cracked and the manuscript published, it will be a bittersweet victory, since the final novel in the series, “A Dream of Spring,” was not even in the beginning stages of composition. However, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the HBO show, in light of this tragedy, said that they know exactly what will happen for the rest of the series.
“He gave us instructions to follow if he should die before finishing the series,” they said in an exclusive phone interview. “But we kinda disagreed with a lot of his ideas, so now that he’s not breathing over our shoulders, we’re just gonna do what we’ve always wanted to do — there will be less political intrigue and more love triangles. We’ve been watching ‘Days of Our Lives’ a lot lately and have been downright inspired.”
Martin is survived by his wife, Parris McBride, and hundreds of thousands of disappointed fans, who will have to somehow learn to live with the knowledge that they will never know how the series ends.