I found out today that Randy Pausch died in the morning. At least once a week I would check his website to see how he was doing and in late June 2008 he quit posting. I wondered what would happen if he died, would it be posted. Well checking it this evening someone posted yesterday that hospice was called in and then post a short message today that he died.
He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and gave an inspiring speech there called "The Last Lecture". In his case, it almost was in that he gave another lecture a little later in Virginia and also recreated it again for a television show.
The doctors gave him till February 2008 to live so it outlast that prediction and got his affairs in order. With the proceeds from his book, his family should be cared for a long time.
Hopefully, his passing was without too much pain.