Kurt Vonnegut has "passed away." I can't get too choked up about it. After all, the guy had an incredibly successful career, and lived longer than most of us can expect to.
Still, Vonnegut was one of my top four or five literary heroes (the others include Voltaire, Twain, Orwell and Heller), and Vonnegut was the last of them to go. I can honestly say that Vonnegut was a major influence on my worldview, and on my desire to achieve something as a writer.
Say "hi ho" to the folks on Trafalgamar for me, Kurt.