A friend of my husband's from undergrad was one of those textbook - or perhaps storybook - terminal alcoholics. For several years now it had been a source of wonderment to his friends that he was still living - while death from liver failure might not be expected for a few more years, any number of other fatalities from his epically dangerous lifestyle seemed to have missed him an incredible number of times. Perhaps this is needless to say, but he was one of the most profoundly unhappy human beings I have ever met. But he always had a personality larger than life, and legends of his adventures have already been told for years.
This afternoon he was found dead in his bed. Apparently he was detoxing at home - I had heard that could be very dangerous, but I did not realize just how serious. Please pray that God will have mercy on this unhappy soul.