Alex King has passed. I just heard this, and I cried. E is survived by a partner and a six year old child, and my heart wrenches to think of it.
For my part, I have been following WordPress long enough to remember Alex’s early contributions to the project, especially in it’s formative years. And afterward, e was a solid leader in the burgeoning WordPress ecosystem, which in no small part has contributed to my livelihood and my ability to help others express themselves online.