I only discovered David's writing a few years ago and I never met him. I've read a number of his books and always been impressed with his characterizations. He's known for his depictions of heroic battles, and one of my personal favorite things about his battles is that heros do fall. These aren't books about a charmed band of five scruffy characters who will all drink mead together in the end. Real characters that you truly care for are lost along the way; many of his books touch on the complex processes of aging, and of taking on and refusing responsibility, and dealing with the consequences of tough situations and tougher decisions.
Well, his final hero has died. Blessed be, David Gemmell.