NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 2:19 PM
“Game of Thrones” fans thought their favorite author’s watch was over after news of George Martin’s death broke late Tuesday.
Many reacted on social media before realizing that the American novelist shares all but two initials of his name with the “fifth Beatle” music producer, who died at age 90.
George R.R. Martin, 67, later posted on his blog about his namesake’s death after a flurry of tweets mourned the wordsmith’s “death.”
While it is strangely moving to realize that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death, I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Martin wrote under the headline, “Not Dead Yet.” “It was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me.”
Many people took to Twitter to express their grief at losing a musical luminary, though others expressed relief that the creator of Westeros is still alive and can continue to work on the final two books in his “A Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.”
“RIP George Martin. Hopefully this serves as a warning to George R.R. Martin to finish the damn books,” user Terry Denness said.
HBO’s series “Games of Thrones” has reached the same point as Martin’s most recent novel, “A Dance with Dragons,” but season six of the show will premiere on April 24.
George Henry Martin was mourned by music lovers and countrymen including Ringo Starr, Sean Lennon and Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.
Beyond the Beatles, the London native also worked with other artists including Cilla Black, Elton John and America.