I feared years ago that one day something like this would happen to the NG community, and here it is.
I have never seen any of Edd's movies up until recently, but it is clear he was clearly an inspiring artist to this community, and I hate it when people with creative and artistic brains die, for it is as if a piece of the world itself dies. Cancer is a terrible disease, and it is not anything that any one person deserves. But we can take great comfort in knowing that he doesn't have to suffer any longer.
I do know without a fact his legend will live on because of us. Artists like Da Vinci and Picaso are legends to this day because we are inspired by them, and I have no doubt that Edd will be looked at as something similar, for animators like Edd Gould are what inspired me to start doing my own flash creations over a decade ago.
A standing ovation to our universe for creating such a fabulously talented, inspiring, and brave man.