From news that broke earlier today, Eric Medalle (shown in the picture to the left), the International Creative Design Director for the Pokémon Company passed away last Sunday during a storm. In a freak accident, a tree landed on his vehicle while he and his daughter were inside. His daughter did survive the incident. His work and contributions with the Pokémon franchise can be found on Bulbapedia, which can be found here.
Our condolences here go out to the loved ones that survive him.