Last week, the art world lost one of it's greats. Mike Wieringo aka "Ringo" passed away.
I never knew him personally, but I frequent an artist forum (www.drawingboard.org) that he also visited quite often. We all knew him as one of the good guys. Someone who was a professional, but not an ego. He was doing what he loved, and sharing his knowledge and kindness with so many artists of all levels of experience.
He was only 44 years old.
You can see his webpage here and read more: http://www.mikewieringo.com/
You can also go to the Drawing Board and see the tributes from those who's lives he touched: http://www.drawingboard.org/viewtopic.php?t=57681