I did not know whom to ask about this rather unsettling piece of news. Apparently Wikipedia has announced Bill Thurston's death on August 21, 2012. I could not independently verify it. Is this true?

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    $\begingroup$ From: *Dylan Thurston <dpt@math.columbia.edu <mailto:dpt@math.columbia.edu>> *Subject: **Bill Thurston, 1946-2012 *Date: *August 22, 2012 5:38:27 AM GMT+02:00 * * Dear all, Bill passed away at 8PM on August 21 in Rochester, NY. He was surrounded by family, and went very peacefully, after a fight with melanoma since spring 2011. Please pass this on as appropriate. Sincerely, Dylan Thurston $\endgroup$ – Damian Rössler Aug 22 '12 at 9:50
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    $\begingroup$ @ Max The link points to a different Bill Thurston. $\endgroup$ – Liviu Nicolaescu Aug 22 '12 at 10:01
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    $\begingroup$ There is also a meta.MO thread dedicated to this very sad news tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/1429/loss-of-a-member $\endgroup$ – user9072 Aug 22 '12 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ My comment should have read 'no other good answer', I appear to have skipped a word. I picked 'off topic' because the other options seemed offensive to me. If you prefer, I could simply lock the question so there is no posted reason, but that would also lock the comment thread which is not desirable. $\endgroup$ – François G. Dorais Aug 22 '12 at 15:43
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    $\begingroup$ I re-edited the question, given the sad answer, for what I hope are understood by the OP as good intentions. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Steinberg Aug 22 '12 at 17:21