"Are you still alive? Someone somewhere else said that he must ask someone else if he can tell me something important, and I immediately thought of you."
So it was not you, I heard from sL. It is someone we both know... and have known from several boards through the decades. Not years but decades. The oldest Internet nick that I knew -- of all those nicks that were was still active. An alcoholic like me.
Because he was the oldest nick I knew I feel sad, though we did not know extremely well.
No doubt you have heard the news.