Originally Posted by Shem
@Jae: How did you find this out?
I love Renaissance art, so I kept up with him by email, on his blog and Twitter @3pipenet. After awhile, we ended up connecting with other people who loved the Italian masters, and I friended them on Twitter as well. One of his Twitter friends yesterday sent out a gorgeous photo of a Michelangelo sculpture in a tweet, and in the reply, I copied his Twitter handle because I knew it was something he would also enjoy seeing. She realized I hadn't heard what happened, and so she sent me a DM and broke the terrible news.
The art history community is stunned by his death as much as we are. If you are on Twitter and check the hashtag #RIPHasan,
you'll find links to some lovely tributes. You'll also find some amazing art history websites.
Edit: @tk: ROFL at that pic!