I just saw on a few comic sites that comics writer Dwayne McDuffie is dead. There are no real additional details at this time. This is tragic news.
McDuffie was one of the founders of Milestone, the excellent line of comics launched by DC in the early 90's. His work with Icon and Static was revolutionary. McDuffie also created the fun Damage Control series for Marvel. I loved his recent work on the Fantastic Four, including the scene where the Black Panther put the Silver Surfer in an arm bar! Another favorite of mine is the Beyond! series, a throwback, fun, exciting comic featuring a slew of Marvel's 2nd-tier characters.
McDuffie also worked in DC Animation, working on many Justice League-related projects, including the excellent Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths movie. He had an All-Star Superman movie coming out today.
This is awful news. I loved his work. McDuffie always showed a respect for the top tier characters while exhibiting a true affection for the minor players too. I can't speak of how he was as a person, but I truly enjoyed his comic work.
My condolences to his friends and family.