I'm not sure where to begin on this one, so I'll keep it brief:
I studied privately with Yusef Lateef on a weekly basis during my junior and senior years at UMass. He was a profound inspiration to and influence on me. It is difficult to believe that he has left this planet, but his spirit will linger on in the countless students, like myself, whom he reached with his grace and generosity.
R.I.P., Bro. Yusef.
Here's a nice remembrance in the Detroit Free Press.
And here's a nice video that Doug Ramsey shared on his blog Rifftides.