There was very sad news recently that Yoshito Usui (臼井儀人) died in a hiking accident. He's best known as the creator of the hilariously irreverent manga/anime series Crayon Shin-chan (クレヨンしんちゃん).
Shin is an impertinent and absurd adolescent whose antics never fail to amuse. He's as much a pop-culture icon as Bart Simpson and Stewie Griffin. It's a shame that we won't hear more stories about him. You'll be missed, Yoshito-san.