I thought at first this was some kind of sick joke. As with many celebrities and figures, I always thought Ryan to be kind of...there. I'm not a regular visitor of Giantbomb, but every so often I'll survey over the Quick Looks and the news stuff. It's strange to think that something so core to gaming to me - the whole of the crew of Giantbomb, not just Ryan - is gone. Dave put it in far better words than I ever can. That's how Ryan should be remembered, let's be honest. He may have been full of pearls of wisdom, but you would probably only find them after too many drinks.
Rest in peace, duder.