According to this Gamasutra report, Ben Hanson, the lead content designer of the Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed expansion and other SWG products, has passed away. The news of Ben Hanson's passing came from former colleague Raph Koster, who also worked on the Star Wars MMO.
"Learned that the talented designer Ben Hanson passed away. Very sad news. He was a key contributor on SWG & fun to play & argue with," Koster wrote.
Ben Hanson contributed to the development of Star Wars Galaxies and its expansions as well as other games. He also worked at a such companies as Simutronics, Origin, ArenaNet, Digital Anvil, and Sony Online Entertainment.
You can learn more about his career here.
We offer our sincerest condolences to the colleagues, friends, and family of Ben Hanson. We are truly sorry for your loss.