No one has made a topic yet (which probably already shows how little most mainstream anime fans are going to care) but Satoshi Kon, director of Paprika, Paranoia Agent, and Tokyo Godfathers, has passed away. There is no reported cause of death so far but I've been seeing most people say cancer and heart attack. He was one of my favorite directors of all time as well as many others.
Since his death is such an impact on the anime industry I feel he should have his own topic and not just be a post in the celebrity memorial topic.
Whether you liked his work or not all I ask is for you to be tasteful in this topic.
Mod edit: Found an article on ANN:
Jim Vowles, a member of the Otakorp Board of Directors for the Otakon convention, has announced on Tuesday that director Satoshi Kon has passed away. Kon was 47. The staff of Otakon confirmed his passing with MADHOUSE studio founder Masao Maruyama. Maruyama had wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday night in Japan that an important director of the studio had suddenly passed away. However, Maruyama declined to name the director at the time.
Kon began working as a manga creator on such works as Kaikisen (1990) before deciding to delve into the anime industry with the script and art direction of "Magnetic Rose," a segment of Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories (1995). He first drew worldwide attention with his feature film directorial debut, Perfect Blue, in 1997. He would follow that with a string of critically acclaimed anime projects: Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Paranoia Agent (2004), and Paprika (2006). At the time of passing, Kon was working at MADHOUSE on a new feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai.
ANN interviewed Kon in 2008 as he was beginning work on Yume-Miru Kikai.