@strawCake - Members of a few forums I belong to have passed away and usually family members notify the forum. One forum even dedicated a part of the site to a deceased member! I thought that was really nice.
The forum was dedicated to e-books and e-reading and the member who passed away was a very prolific member. She had edited and uploaded copies of public domain e-books and moderated part of the site. I think she would have really liked that they dedicated the e-book library to her.