He had ALS.
I have to say that the great loss I feel does not feel compatible with how well I knew him. I didn''t know him well. I spent time with him on less than a dozen occasions. I didn't know about his childhood or what his favorite ice cream was. I know that I liked him very much. I know he appreciated nature, and would roll around his neighborhood. I know that of all the people I have met with ALS, I felt that he was the most like me in the progression of the disease. I believe we were diagnosed at around the same time, and our onset symptoms were very similar. When he began to lose use of certain muscles, I did as well. I would be in denial if I didn't admit that his passing makes me question my own mortality. He also gave me the greatest compliment about my writing and this blog. He told me I was ''spot on'', and I was writing what he was feeling.
This is not my loss, but a loss for his beautiful wife and family. Please send them light and love.
I will miss my friend.