Professor C.R. Rao, Penn State Eberly Professor Emeritus of Statistics and statistics legend, passed away in Buffalo, New York, on August 22, 2023. His family members Teja, Vincent, Vera and Malini were with him. He was 19 days away from his 103rd birthday. Among a very large number of honors was the award of the 2023 International Prize in Statistics; Guy Nason, who chaired the Prize’s Foundation, described Rao’s work as “monumental,” adding that it “revolutionized statistical thinking [and] continues to exert enormous influence.” An obituary will follow in due course.