The humorist, who wrote the famous "trilogy" of five novels, would have been 61 today had he not tragically passed away from a heart attack at the age of 49. His famous international bestseller, whose sales run into the millions, started out as a BCC radio comedy in 1978.
Born in Cambridge, Adams was discovered as a writer in London by Monty Python's Graham Chapman and the two co-wrote a sketch for the surreal-humour-based television series, making him one of the only two contributors from outside the Python gang to get a screen-writing credit.
An ardent music aficionado who played guitar (left-handed) and piano, Adams was a environmental activist who championed the cause of wildlife conservation.
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