Fred Patten passed away this morning, as reported by Roz Gibson on FurAffinity. He had been found unresponsive on the morning of November 1st, and never regained consciousness.
Mr. Patten was active in the science fiction and fantasy community since the 1950s and a member of the Comic Art Professional Society. In 2001 he founded the Ursa Major Awards to promote and recognize excellence in furry art and writing.
At this time there is no information available on where to send condolences. Ms. Gibson reports that there are no plans for a service.