This is a tremendous shock.
Malone (very few called him Michael) appeared on my very narrowly focused radar just a couple months ago. His attitude was agnostic, until he got a taste of the evidence available and some typical interaction with the man himself. Unsurprisingly, his objectivity, own-mindedness, willingness to listen and basic sanity inevitably led him to the same obvious conclusion as the rest of us. In a very short time he became a valuable ally (except for his Mole Moment) and friend.
I will miss him.