It was posted earlier (in the other board) that the immediate cause of John's demise was myocardial infarction, i.e., heart attack.
The attending physician said that symptoms to John's heart condition did not manifest themselves anytime during his treatment for pneumonia.
But at his age, this should have been ruled out during the treatment of the current illness, where an intensive regimen of anti-biotics is the order of the day.
I was hospitalized for a severe case of pneumonia about 2 years ago and the emergency physician, who recommended my in-patient admission, heeded the plea of my wife (who is a physician herself) to rule out the onset of myocardial infarction due to my age, lifestyle, and eating habits. (No heart condition but found out I was Type 2 diabetic!)
John's death particularly reminds me of the finiteness of it all. I am close to his age (just 6 years "younger'") and I am dumbfounded. Last January I lost a close friend, a year younger than me, in L.A. to heart attack!
Hypo-Ortho is simply too young to go! May he rest in peace.