Via Ken Hite I have learned that Mr. Fraser passed away yesterday. I first discovered GMF's work in college: one of my history professors had mentioned the Flashman series in class, and once I read the first one I was hooked. I later branched out to his MacAuslan series and his nonfiction, but Flashman was always my favorite (although The Pyrates very close). I've been dreading this moment for some time, although I had not realized that he was ill: there was so much still unwritten of the Flashman series alone. Too much, it seems, for one man's lifetime.
I never met him, but I will miss him nonetheless.