That is how I feel at the moment, having learned that Aron Eisenberg -- who portrayed Nog on Deep Space Nine -- passed away yesterday. I had seen many reports of his being ill, having been taken to the hospital in critical condition, but just now learned that he died. I am crying as I write this. I did not know him personally -- the closest we ever came was a comment or two exchanged on Facebook. But he portrayed a character on a show I loved, a character I loved, and I am devastated that a man younger than my mother is suddenly gone.
My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, his children, and the whole of his family.