Goodbye Gary Gygax, it seems.
Like most people of my sort of age, he provided my introduction to role-playing. We may have moved onwards and outwards, but we can still thank him for our beginnings.
I met him a couple of times at Gamesfairs, when he was still with TSR. Being young and cocky, I did not pay him as much respect as I later thought I probably should have. But he seemed like a pleasant chap, and took the teasing in very good part.
I don’t really know what he’d been up to in recent years, but I hope he was able to put the various disputes etc behind him and look happily over what he achieved.