I just got word from esselfortium that Espi passed away in his sleep on Saturday, 8/29/09. The cause of death was cancer. Last year, a tumor had formed in his arm (epithelioid sarcoma) and he had to get it amputated. They later discovered that tumors had metastasized in his brain and lungs. Not long before his death, an infection, as well as epilepsy from the brain tumor, had developed.