End of an intellectual era, I suppose. I remember being amazed to discover that he was still alive when I was an undergraduate. He seemed so much like a figure from some mythical intellectual past, peopled by such figures as Sartre, Foucault, Barthes, etc.
I used to obsessively read his books when I was about 14 and wanted to be an anthropologist! Very sad at his passing but he lived to a ripe old age and enjoyed a very interesting life and inspired many people