I don't want to step on the toes of The Thing that Should Not Be, but I really wanted to post a few of my favorite Beefheart related items here as well. I agree with Thing's sentiment about heroes dying, and while I'm not sure if I would call Mr van Vliet a hero of mine, I can't think of another artist I respect more than Captain Beefheart. In all honesty, I still haven't "figured out" Trout Mask Replica, and have been known to both dismiss it as total bullshit and absolute genius, sometimes in the same sentence, and I always expected that he would make another album at some point. Anyway, the world lost a great artist.
Here's one of van Vliet's paitings, Feather Times a Feather: