"President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.
President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.
The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley’s funeral within the next few days." (LDS.org newsroom)
My sister-in-law called to let us know that the prophet had passed away. Despite his age it was unexpected. I hoped to see him make it to 100. After the shock I wept openly. I know he's been re-united with his dear sweetheart on the other side, but the loss of such a great man in not felt without great sorrow.