Wilson Gavin was my Facebook friend for over five years. He was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. We never met in person, but interacted online frequently. I am utterly devastated and have been grieving all week. This is the first time I've checked in here, but I posted a tribute to him at my blog.
The individual who attempted to politicise this thread and criticised my beloved friend has been banned without warning and his comments deleted (which required also deleting comments responding to him, though I agreed with them). No further such comments will be tolerated in this or any other thread. This is the only forum on the internet that I control and I will not allow it to be used to criticise Wilson.
I know that Wilson's unbearably tragic death is connected to many controversial issues of our time. He was undeniably a political person, and our friendship (though it grew deeper) was often political. Nevertheless, I am really not in the mood for political points of any kind. What matters to me is that I've lost my friend, there will be no more chats with him, and I will never get to meet him in this world as we had hoped we would. His parents (to whom I mailed a letter today) now face unfathomable grief that will never entirely go away. I have never cried so much as I have this week, and will treasure his memory forever.