OM gosh. Prayers sent. This thread has got me tearing and sniffling and I never met him. What a horrible outcome for the back story. I know this has been rough on all of you.My bassist and best friend Jim passed away last night. I received the message as we were auditioning a long-term sub bassist. I had spent several hours with him the night before. His damaged heart valve had begun to leak and he was having difficulty breathing due to the fluid build-up. We were just waiting for improved strength so he could have the valve replaced. He had been doing so well before. Prior to the valve leak, he had been back to his old self albeit with limited strength due to the stroke effects. He got to meet his new granddaughter and even wrote her a little song that he sang to her while she lay on his chest in the hospital. His daughter captured it on video and sent me a copy. I had visited him often and he went from being incoherent and crying out for help, to being his old self in a very short time. The setback was unexpected, but he was still sharp mentally. I'm not in a good place right now and have not been in contact with the family yet.