JOHANNESBURG – South African publisher, Jonathan Ball has passed away.

Ball died of cancer at the age of 69.

The CEO of Jonathan Ball publishing confirmed the news this evening in a tweet.

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He described his colleague as fearless, an excellent publisher, and an even better friend.

Jonathan Ball founded his publishing company in 1976 and went on to become a leading publisher and distributor in South Africa.

His company has distributed a number of well-known books,

including the Harry Potter Series, Wilbur Smith and Jodi Picoult (Picoh).