Reports are that the great economist Gary Becker has passed away. Greg Mankiw blogs that:
A friend at the University of Chicago reports to me that Gary Becker died last night. He was 83.
Gary was one of the greatest economists of the past half century. You can read about his contributions here. I did not know him well, but based on every interaction I had with him, it seems that he was a truly nice man as well as a path-breaking scholar. He will be missed.
Becker's work contributed much to the law and economics movement. I've frequently referenced his analysis of the economics of deterrence in both teaching and scholarship, to cite but a single example.
Tyler Cowen has links to some of Becker's open access papers.