Sadly, some of my guests on the show have passed away. Each time, as well as a deep loss for their families, it's a great loss to the SQL Server and data communities.
1. Kent Tegels
Kent was a friend and an early guest on the show. He came back on the show when he was recovering from a serious illness. He was the first guest to appear twice. In August 2010, we got the sad news that he had lost his battle with illness and passed away. I cannot begin to express how sad I was to hear about this. Farewell Kent and thanks for all the fish.
2. (Dr) Jim Gray
Jim Gray appeared to have passed away. He was sailing his yacht Tenacious to the Farrallon Islands to spread his mother's ashes, and was not seen again. His loss to the industry is great. In my early years learning about database management systems, Jim was one of my heroes and I was so pleased to get to spend time with him and for him to then agree to participate on the podcast. I was deeply saddened to hear of his loss.
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