|"Robert Jordan" is actually a pseudonym for ,surprising as it may seem, James Oliver Rigney Jr, under which he has written the "Wheel of Time" fantasy series as well as several books of the "Conan" series. Other pseudonyms are Reagan O'Neal ("Fallon" series), Jackson O'Reilly ("Cheyenne Raiders"),Chang Lung, Oviler Girney.|
He is descended, rumor has it, from the greatest author of all time, James Oliver Curwood.
Robert Jordan is a graduate of the Citadel (the Military College of South Carolina) with a degree in Physics. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V" and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
He enjoys the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. An international bestselling author, Robert Jordan has been writing since 1977.
On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement in a firm and optimistic tone that he had been diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (cardiac amyloidosis), and that, with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life, working for another 30 years.
He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.
He sadly died on Sunday September 16th at 2:45 PM EST.
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