I learned via Facebook that Newbery award-winner Sid Fleischman died on March 17. The link goes to a lovely obituary over at SLJ, so it's definitely worth a click.
I met Sid Fleischman a few years ago at the LA Book Festival, when he was a mere 88 years old. I walked up at the very end of his booth time, as he was clearly ready to go, but he signed my book and listened to me witter fangirlishly with the utmost class and patience.
Condolences to his family and his many, many fans.