Andrew J. "Andy" Offutt died on Aproil 30, 2013. We are having problems witht the correct obit. But Locus, File 770 and Wiki are reporting it as being the right person. I'll go with that. Sorry for any confusion by the earlier (now removed) posting.
Andy was a science fiction/fantasy writer who had success in the 1970s and early 1980s. He also wrote a couple of Conan noels during the Howard revival and along with Karl Edward Wagner kept the barbaric sword and sorcery field going. He also wrote adult novels under the name John Cleve.
I'm going to miss him, even though we had not been in touch in several years.