Oh this is terrible news. I am an avid follower of the F5, and only know him from his "voice" here for two weeks for several Dakars running now. I can't imagine what his friends and family must be feeling at this time. All my condolences to them and I know the inmates will miss him acutely this Jan.
I have enjoyed my copy of "Tales from the Bivouac" immensely (thank you Deadly99).