The internets are saying that the great historian and essayist Tony Judt has died. If so, it is a great loss, if not a surprising one, since he has been suffering from ALS for some years now. Nevertheless, the loss is keenly felt, as he was a fabulous writer -- Postwar is a terrific book, and his essays (collected in this volume) are very good as well. And, of course, he was a brave and pioneering voice on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as well.
Update: This is now being confirmed by mainstream news sources, e.g. the NY Times, the LA Times and the Associated Press. So far as I can tell, though, both were scooped by Monoweiss here.