Recently, the lead singer of the J-rock group "ZARD" died. Though it's unconfirmed, many believe it was suicide.
Also, Kentaro Haneda, a classic VGM composer (Wizardry, some early Falcom, also arranger of a great Suikoden album), died this week of Liver Cancer. He was 58 years old.
Bum deal all around. RPGFan will be celebrating Haneda's life and work in the coming days. EDIT -- here it is: http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2007/1187.html