This is absolutely terrible news. I only knew him threw his work at Gamespot and Giantbomb, but he was an incredible character. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.
Good for you. Also, good to hear the Zerg getting a buff of sorts... despite that fact I prefer using Protoss. I too am worry about that slight stalker nerf, but we'll have to see how it plays out when it's patched. ;)