Oh man. Say it's not true.
It's amazing to me how personally connected one can feel to an actor or actress, because something they brought to life resonated in one's heart and soul. Actors and writers do the same thing, don't they; they make tangible those intangible feelings we all have, and give them form we can look at and nod our heads and say, "Yes, that's it." And we feel that we come away with a little piece of truth. A little more humanity.
Goddess rest his soul. He'll be missed.