Because I was hoping that somehow it wasn't true.
I love his books.
In every interaction I've ever had with him online he's been funny, gracious, smart, and just... NICE.
It feels strange to feel so heartbroken about the loss of someone I've never met in person, but here we are.
To his friends and family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
And to Ned: you'll be missed. So, so much.