Your post made me think of a friend (my musical godfather, really), in Texas. Last call, he was not doing well. I have not found the courage to make another call, and find out the reality. He was a car guy too!
As we go through life, we leave a trail of friends and family, or we become part of their littered trail. That is just the way it is.
Sorry for your loss, amigo!
1998 Monaco Windsor