I didn't expect it at all, and it hit me hard. I only cried for a week. The worst part of it was that I didn't even feel it until an episode or two later, after my initial hollowness went away, and the full impact of his death hit me. Easily one of the best death scenes in anime and manga. A lot better than Lohengramm's death, and all the other death's in the series
And it didn't help at all that Yang was the more likable of the two protagonists. Or at least relatable, since he always felt more down to Earth then most of the characters
On a less depressing topic, which side did you like more?