He was happy and alive earlier in the day. I stopped by the Riverwood Trade for some supplies before heading up towards Bleak Falls Barrow and overhead one of the kids argue that Stump was, in fact, not a spider, but a dog. I chuckled and moved on, not knowing I would return later that day to find Stump dead just outside of Gerdur's house. The circumstances are shrouded in mystery, but I suspect old age.
Why? Why did Stump had to die? --- I like video games.
You have only one choice now: resto-loop an insane boost conjuration duration potion, then resurrect him with the Vampire's Thrall skill that doesn't turn things to ash if killed. `-` --- "When a man is late, he is cool. When a woman is late, she is pregnant. Remember, always wear watches and condoms." Gunter Vogler - Bullet in the Face