So heartbreaking. I met him once, and he was kind and funny. I listened to him for hundreds of hours worth of podcasts and felt like he was a friend. Nothing compared to his family, Giant Bomb and otherwise, but I will miss him. The world is lessened by his absence from it.
@Ravelle: As I understand it's not that the APIs are wonky, it's that they don't exist. Achievement tracking currently is the programmatic equivalent of hitting view source in your browser and picking out the relevant text. Scraping pages like that is the worst possible way of collecting data. The most innocuous looking change on the source site can completely break scraping scripts.
With a complete site rewrite I'm sure the engineering time is better spent squashing real bugs instead of maintaining achievement tracking. Hopefully the manufacturers will make actual achievement APIs to go along with their new consoles but I'm not holding my breath.
Sony, Microsoft, Valve, Apple and anyone else possibly reading this:
I play many games, mostly on 360. Giant Bomb's cross platform Achievement tracking system got me to play more games on other platforms because I suddenly had a way (that I cared out) that surfaced those achievements. I'm sure I'm not alone. Provide an API and you will have more of my money.