It was me who found out that he had passed away. By total accident: I had just posted on stereo2go in search of a few notable missing members. The idea was that of getting them back to business. I got answers from everybody except from John. So I googled his name and found out an obituary... you can imagine the shock! We had never chatted privately, but we had had a few witty exchanges on the forum... I remember one that was particularly funny. I had posted a screenshot from The Great Lebowsky, the one when the Dude is on his beloved carpet listening to ocean whale music on a cheap Sony Walkman. I asked the walkman crew to identify the model. Almost instantly, given the time lapse between Europe and the US, John posted the correct answer. It was an obscure Sony model, I daresay one of Sony's cheapish units... perfect for the character of the Dude of course, especially because the design was not devoid of a certain style. John posted a pic and a proud comment explaining that he was sure he owned one the very moment he read my post. He started searching for it, but the walkman was nowhere to be found. So he opened the cardboard boxes he kept in the garage, where his less precious units slept. It goes without saying that the Sony was in the last one he opened... and he ended his long comment by proudly posting a pic of his Great Lebowsky Walkman Such a nice person, one who could write wonderful posts on his beloved Panasonic Walkmans while at the same time sending private messages full of wisdom to the newest newby who had barely an idea of what a walkman was... You won't be forgotten by the people who knew and appreciated you John. R.I.P.