I just found out today that Mike "Ringo" Wieringo has passed away at the age of 44.
He was a great artist, one for whom I held deep admiration and appreciation. He was a favorite of mine, and he was never too famous to assist artists trying to improve with critiques and honest assessment. He was a member of DeviantART, where I got to see his work more frequently than I'd been able to previously, and his work can still be seen his DeviantART page.
Apparently, Mike suffered chest pains on Sunday afternoon, and did call 9-1-1, but EMTs were not able to reach him in time.
May God bless the friends and family of Mike "Ringo" Wieringo. The art world has lost a star from its heavens.