My dad was reading Eddings' books for as long as I can remember. When I was just beginning to get into fantasy, my older sister was speeding though the Belgariad. Going through my long list of author/writer and agent blogs, I came across one mention, which prompted me to go digging.
According to a few sources, David Eddings died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77.
His wife, Leigh Eddings, died in 2007.
It seems that one of the first mentions of this was on Twitter (not where I saw it), so I am still digging to find the most credible source. It appears About.com has an article on this, as does Forbidden Planet . SFCrownsnest may be the first, written by Stephen Hunt, or certainly one of the first. Three of the most credible sources seem to be Associated Content, The Guardian and Media Bistro.
Fantasy Book Review has a good, detailed biography of his life and work.
Too many of the long-standing, wonderful writers of fantasy are leaving us.
I swung by LKH's blog before posting here, and she'd shared a couple of quotes. The last one especially stuck with me.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." To quote Frank Herbert, Dune—Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.