Stan Winston, the visual effects legend behind Aliens,Predator,Jurassic Park,Terminator,The Thing,Interview With The Vampire,Iron Man, and many other movies that I love, has passed away. He died at the age of 62 after a seven-year fight with multiple myeloma (according to the L.A. Times).
He was a huge influence on my generation -- especially those of us who went into any sort of artistic or entertainment-related field. He'll be missed. :(