I just found out he passed away a few days ago. It's to be expected, he loved his wife, and she died a couple years back, so he kind of lost all want to live.
I remember how I was introduced to his work. I was working as a shuttle driver for Budget Rent-a-Car at the airport and a book was left behind. I was bored alot, so I read it. Damn it was good. Turned out it was the second or third book of the Mallorean. So I ended up reading ALL his books.
Listed as #17 on the Top 20 Greatest Fantasy Writers.
I haven't slept much lately, so I'm keeping this short.