I'm unsure of the details, but it appears that Mike was diagnosed with cancer recently and it was a short battle before he moved on from this world.
Mike spent a lot of time on BuddyDank Radio with us and we continued to stay in touch via IM, Google Hangouts, etc...
I found out last night while playing in a tournament at Aliente Station and was literally fighting back tears as I went through the motions at the poker table.
I didn't win, but ran deep making the final table. I scored a small victory at 1-2 NL shortly after that. And I'd like to dedicate my small win to Mike, the little man with the biggest heart you'll see.