It's odd when you don't know someone personally and they pass. For figures that are in the public media it can be very easy to take it with a pinch of salt, as you don't really know what they are like or how they really live their life. It's testament to what a great job Giant Bomb has done over the years of making fantastic web content that this is hitting me much harder than I think "just another public figure" would. Seriously,..this is a sad day.
My thoughts go out to his wife, friends and, obviously, the rest of the GB crew. I couldn't imagine working with someone so closely for that amount of time, on something that was so personal as this site is, and then having to go through losing them at such an unfair age.