I spoke with him prior to the lockdown as I wanted to collect some heavy stuff
He told me that he was seriously ill & said he didn’t think he would be about for much longer after Christmas
I was short for words & wished him best as much as you can when you are landed in that situation
Other than that - I know no more
A friend spoke to John on the phone this afternoon - they have been friends since he was a student of John’s when he was a teacher decades ago. John is hanging on but the doctors have been unable to diagnose or find a cause for his ailments. He is direly ill.