I'll never forget the podcast when all the guys tried the free Swedish candy they were sent by developers and almost immediately after putting the candy in his mouth, Ryan cried, "SWEDISH ASSHOLES!!!" That was my Ryan moment. I had the great opportunity to exchange a couple emails with him regarding our birthdays (mine being the day before him) and wish each other many more happy years. Unfortunately, he didn't get those many years. As many more have said on this comment thread, it is amazing how choked up I got over someone whom I never knew personally. I don't know whether to be jealous of the GiantBomb crew for having known Ryan, or be the utmost relieved that my hurt is NOWHERE near what they are feeling right now.
Rest in peace, Ryan. I am sure that just because you are no longer here in the physical world, that won't mean a damn thing to those who knew and loved you.