Apolgies for perpetuating an unsubstantiated rumor. The good news is that Forry is still with us.
My first encounter with Forry was through the pages of Perry Rhodan, which he helped bring over to the U.S. Of the several of those I read, I really enjoyed his introductions and afterwords — his love for all things genre dripped off the pages and helped renew my own interest. And for that, I thank him.
Wikipedia entry for Forrest J. Ackerman.