It is always sad when someone dies. However, I disagree with the fact that people consider him to be a bastion of all that is good with handicapped people. He never gave one cent to their causes until he was handicapped as well. Nobody would consider me to be a good guy for giving to the middle class white anglo-saxon fund, even though I am one. But the fact that he gave as much as he did and that it is for a good cause shouldn't be ignored.
And the South Park episode about him and stem cells was funny.