World Fantasy Award winning author Ken Grimwood died Thursday, June 6 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 59, according to an obituary in the Pensacola News Journal. Grimwood's 1987 novel Replay won the World Fantasy Award for best novel in 1988, and placed #32 in a 1998 Locus poll of best fantasy novels published before 1990. Other novels included Breakthrough (1976), Elise (1979), and Into the Deep (1995).
Los Angeles Times obituary
Locus has confirmed the recent deaths of George & Jan O'Nale, publishers of Cheap Street Press, apparently in a double suicide. Details will be posted as they become available.
Update, 23 June: local newspaper Roanoke Times has run this article about the O'Nales, their reclusiveness, and their plans for death. This link shows the October 2001 announcement that "At this time, the proprietors of Cheap Street are retiring the Press (and themselves as well)."
Roy Tackett, member of First Fandom who helped found Bubonicon (one of the
longest running conventions in the southwest) and the Albuquerque SF
Society, and publisher of fanzine Dynatron, died May 23 in Albuquerque, NM, of heart failure, at the age of 78.
Benedict Jablonski, aka Ben Jason, chairman of the 1966 World Science Fiction Convention in Cleveland and co-designer of the Hugo Award, died May 15 at the age of 86. An extensive obituary appears in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for June 9.