6. ADRIAN MOLE WRITER SUE TOWNSEND DIES
Novelist Sue Townsend, best known for the comic Adrian Mole series which began in 1982 with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, has died at the age of 68. The writer, who died at home after a short illness, had been left blind after suffering for many years from diabetes. She had a stroke in late 2012.