My Google news gadget reported the death of Bobby Fischer about an hour ago. We’ve lost one of the great minds and an artist in his field in the truest sense of the world. From his early conflicts with Boris Spassky to his criticism of the US government, Fischer has been in and out of the headlines over the past 40 years. To his credit, he changed the game of chess and elevated it to the status that you see it today, whether in formal competition or in individual clubs in schools.
I didn’t get a chance to do anything about it until now during a lunch break and I quickly did a Google search and the headline stories are flooding the internet. I went to Wikipedia to read of his life and it was already updated with the date and as much details of his death. In a responsible move, it is noted at the top of the page that this is a recent death and the details in Wikipedia may change rapidly as they are made public and the community reacts with this information. I can’t help but think of those researchers who cling to their printed encyclopedias and wonder how long they have to wait for an update to make their reference correct again.
I would encourage you to read his Wikpedia entry. This is a chronology of a man who was brilliant in his field and you can get the details today.