Did Howie Mandell of Altis pass away

Hi, someone told me this. Is this true. Does anyone know how old he was.
Yes, i remember reading this in several places ( here and on AA ). Do a search over at AA in the General forum for more info. Sean
Yes, he's gone @ 47 years young
Sorry to hear the news. He was a really bright guy. I met him at the Stereophile show in 1996.