I am sincerely quite saddened by that news. Surprisingly, to me, as I hardly knew him or related much directly with him. Perhaps I was "pulling for him" as well. May it be that his faith in the Dhamma brings him to favorable circumstances in the next life.
"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230