Wow. He will truly be missed. He is the only poker pro I've ever seen in person. He played a table next to me in march of '06 at the card room at the Las Vegas Hilton. I remember being quite awestruck that a player of that calibre was just a few feet from me.
He is my favourite player of all time, and I'm really sad I never got to meet the guy. I had always dreamed to go to Vegas and shake his hand at Bobby's Room. His story of leaving college, rolling up his stake and heading to Vegas is probably what all of us young poker players dream of.
Chip Reese remains one of the greatest poker minds to walk this planet, he is the ultimate poker player, a gentlemen, and I send out my prayers to his family and friends.