Having lost my father so many years ago, it was a devastating thing that still stays with me today. My father was 72 years old (I was a surprise late in life), but I miss his advice, his support and his just being there for me. Like many on this thread, I hope Joey is doing OK and I offer good thoughts and prayers for him and his family.
Losing a father so young is a terrible thing and while I really don't understand why he didn't want to make it public, his wishes should have been honored. Sure, it would have come out sooner than later, but it seemed a little or a lot disrepective to anounce the reason for his leave. Regardless, I hope he's dong OK.