|Dave A. Trampier|
"The late Dave A. Trampier was a former artist and writer who worked on some of the earliest editions of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, and who was the creator of the Wormy comic strip that ran in Dragon magazine. He signed his work with his initials "DAT" or with "Tramp". David Trampier, 59, died at 10:58 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in Helia Healthcare."
I read about this first on Dyvers and then The Cryptic Archivist. It appears to be true and is indeed very sad news. His work speaks for itself. I can't imagine the game without his contribution. I was also a big fan of Wormy.
I had read about his disappearance from the gaming community and such. I (like many, many others) was hoping for a return. Alas, this can no longer be. Leave a message here if you're a fan: https://www.facebook.com/groups/200157420067/
God bless you David. Rest in peace.