Originally Posted by Foo Fighter
Was he keeping his illness a secret or was he completely unaware of his condition? If he never knew, that scares me and probably everyone else here.
Yes and no. He was jaundiced quite badly, so he must have known something was up, but he didn't go into the hospital on his own - a much younger neighbour of his took him into the hospital and while there they discovered he had kidney stones. When they went in to get the stones out, they discovered growths on his kidney that looked cancerous. They did a few more tests and thought he had cancer of the kidneys and liver, but they had to wait until the following week for the only Oncologist to get back from the long weekend vacation (there are never enough specialists!). He didn't tell his wife anything was wrong, and my parents didn't even know he was in the hospital until they randomly came up for a visit on the tail-end of their vacation. Five days later he passed away.
Be honest with your friends and family...they're the ones that care about you.