PD James, the acclaimed author famous for her series of detective novels, has died aged 94. Her publisher confirmed she passed away at her Oxford home.
A spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that the family of author PD James announce that she died peacefully at her home in Oxford on the morning of November 27, 2014, aged 94, a much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. "The family have requested privacy at this time."
Fellow crime writer Ian Rankin was among the first to pay tribute, writing on Twitter: "So sad about PD James. Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed."
Ms James - full name Phyllis Dorothy James - was regarded as one of the true greats of crime fiction. She wrote 14 Adam Dalgleish mysteries and a further two novels featuring Cordelia Grey, a female private eye.
In 2011 she released 'Death Comes To Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.'
Her dystopian novel 'The Children of Men' was made into a film by Alfonso Cuaron, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
A former governor of the BBC, she famously skewered the then director-general Mark Thompson in a 2010 Radio 4 interview, grilling him on executive pay and accusing the corporation of ageism. She is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In one of her final interviews, published by the BBC in November last year, she spoke of plans to write one last detective novel.
"It does seem important to write one more. I think it is very important to know when to stop," she said. However, Ms James's literary agent, Carol Heaton, said she did not believe the novel had been written. "As far as I know, the story was very much in her head. I certainly haven't seen it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)