A fellow I used to talk to occasionally on IRC, a member of the romhacking/translation community, passed away today (2009/01/13) after undergoing brain surgery a couple days prior. Takashi was pretty well-known for drawing group pictures of all the members IRC #romhack.
I didn’t know him very well personally, and hadn’t spoken to him for a few years, but I still feel the loss. It’s strange — years go by and you figure a person is off doing something, in good health, and that you’ve just lost touch… and then one day you find out they’re gone. A small part of me feels empty, and even more-so awkward.
I’d like to think he’s in a better place now. I wish his family the best, and I hope friends of his who knew him personally are doing okay.