It turns out that it was Kevin's BFF letting us know that another friend had died. The next morning (5 am, which is too early for even good news) is when we found out. Now I feel badly for not checking but really, our friend wouldn't have been any more or less dead. But at least I could commiserate with Miguel and have some time to process.
Sadly, our friend committed suicide. He'd been ill for almost two years and chose to take control over how he wanted his life to end. It's heartbreaking that he was that sick and that miserable that it was a choice for him. It's heartbreaking that he leaves his family and friends behind and bereft.
However, I respect his choice. He knew that he didn't want to live this way and that he didn't want to be a burden on his family. I know that his family would rather that he didn't make this choice and I respect that too. There is no right way, no right choice.
Regardless, we lost a friend. They lost their husband, dad, brother, grandpa. He lost the life he had planned for and the life he didn't plan for. Either way: it's a tremendous loss and we are all heartbroken.