Grief I might understand. But shock? She was 101 years old! I'd be shocked if she hadn't died today.
But, in the spirt, I'll share my queen mum joke. When I was in England I took a tour called "Eccentric London" which turned out to more or less be a euphamism for "Gay London." The guide told a story about when the queen mum was being transported somewhere by the merchant navy. Apparently the merchant navy has a rep for being gay. Also, apparently the queen mum had a rep for being a drunk.
Anyway, in the story the queen mum couldn't sleep and decided to got to the kitchen and get a drink. Upon arriving, she saw the merchant navy having a party and engaging in their shenanigans. TO which the queen mum said "I don't know about you old queens, but this old queen would like a bottle of gin."
Waitwaitwait. He REWROTE the first book? Ugh. I realize that there's a 20 year gap between the writing of The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three (you think waiting five years between books was bad, my mom was waiting 15 for the second one)