He passed away on September 16, 2007, the day I fell and broke my arm. This is the first I heard of his passing. It was his book "Eye of the World", first in the "Wheel of Time" books that got me hooked on fantasy novels. I would wait anxiously for the next book in the series to come out. For others of you not into his "Wheel of Time" series, he wrote the Conan, the Barbarian" series.