Carmine Infantino has died. He will be best remembered for co-creating the 60s Flash and Batgirl, but his Star Wars comics are among the earliest stories I remember, and still remember fondly.
So this isn't an all depressing week, check out those stories. Space pirates and sea dragons! Treacherous barons and gladiatorial battles! Diving into gas giants! Cyborg bounty hunters! Princess Leia sabotaging a factory planet! The schemes of Darth Vader! Years of classic space opera that the Expanded Universe has run with ever since.