Based on interactions I've had with lain fans over the years from all around the world, I know I'm not alone when I say his works works have played an important role in my life. As I said tonight on Twitter, I suspect that many lain and Kino no Tabi marathons are being held right now.
Here are the news stories announcing his passing. It's worthwhile to read the comments to get a sense of the impact he left:
- Serial Experiments Lain Director Ryutaro Nakamura Passes Away (Anime News Network)
- "Serial Experiments Lain" Director Ryutaro Nakamura Passes Away (Crunchyroll)