I just heard about this. He was 77 years old.
One of the very first fantasy series I ever read was his Belgariad, and one of my favorites of all time was the Elhenium. (sp?). Sparhawk was one of my favorite characters. I believe I read those for the first time when I was about 14 or 15 years old. David Eddings is one of the authors that caught my young imagination and made me want create my own worlds some day.
He was a talented man.