Renowned author Sue Townsend, best known for the Adrian Mole books has died at her home in Leicester following a stroke.

Unknown to many, Townsend was a sufferer of Type 1 Diabetes and as a result was left blind in 2001. Her condition also left her in need of a kidney transplant in 2009, which was donated by her eldest son Sean. She was also left wheelchair-bound with neuropathy in her limbs and suffered her first stroke last year.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has paid tribute on Twitter

This is yet another tragic death that is closely related to complications of diabetes, and serves as a reminder to us all that keeping your blood glucose levels in range is important. ')}

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