There was a terrible warehouse fire in Oakland last Friday night, and one of the 36 people killed was a colleague at KQED, Alex Ghassan. One of his closest friends works on my staff and others who report to me knew him as well. I'd met him once or twice but cannot say I knew him well.
The link above describes him and his work and was written by one of my colleagues, David Markus. Soon after he wrote this tribute, David learned that his mother had died.