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 in a tweet.
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).