It's so sad that someone of this caliber had to pass away at such a young age. I'm a new fan of X Japan and hide mostly because I'm young, and was not able to know or experience the impact they were having in Japan. Listening to hide's music, and reading about him really inspires me to live for the moment, because people, no matter how good they are, pass on. Sometimes, without notice.
To summarize: hide is a legend who will live on forever through music and TO ALL WHO ARE JROCK FANS, you *MUST* dedicate a portion of your music library to hide.