R.I.P Ian Murdock
As the father of Debian, the second oldest GNU/Linux distribution that is still in widely used and in existence (the oldest being Slackware), Ian Murdock was a true pioneer, his great contribution to the Open Source Movement and in building a healthy open source community benefits us all and helped make the world a better place.
Debian is the first ever open source operating system I used, and am still using day-to-day, for over a decade. It is also the go-to distro for new installations whenever I do not need the flexibility of compiling from source. Like many others, I've learned a lot from the project, the community, and the people therein.
It is a tragic loss for his family and for our open source community, he will be terribly missed, may his soul rest in peace.
My sincere condolences.