American writer, visionary and futurist, Alvin Toffler has died at the age of 87.

Yvonne Merkel, a spokeswoman for his Virginia-based consulting firm, Toffler Associates confirmed his death on Wednesday, stating that he died in his sleep at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, on Monday. The cause of his death was however not disclosed.

Toffler was known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution, technological singularity and its effects on human race.

He was known for several world best-sellers, including his 1970 groundbreaking book ‘Future Shock’ and ‘The Third Wave’.

Toffler is credited with having coined the term “information overload” to describe people’s struggle to keep up with exponentially expanding data.

He was one of the most respected futurists of the modern era, with world leaders and moguls seeking his advice.

According to Abc News, he is known to have accurately predicted economic and technological developments — including cloning, personal computers and the internet — as well as the social effects they helped bring about, including social alienation, the decline of the nuclear family and rising crime and drug use.

One of his most famous quotes: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” is widely used around the world today

Chief Executive of his consulting firm, Deborah Westphal admits that it is difficult to find an aspect of modern life not touched by his work.

She said: “We are ever mindful of his influence as we navigate a world marked by widening artificial intelligence, globally connected societies and a quickening pace of change.”

Author: Ope Adedeji