As many readers of these posts will now be aware, Alex Hogg collapsed suddenly at around 10.45 p.m. on 30th December 2016. Emergency services were called to one of the shower units in the Old Parsonage Hotel on Banbury Rd but paramedics’ efforts were unproductive and Mr Hogg was pronounced dead on arrival at the John Radcliffe Hospital an hour later. Preliminary examinations were not successful in determining the cause of death and a provisional attribution of SUDS (sudden unexpected death syndrome) is likely to be revised in due course.
Mr Hogg’s family and friends have been advised of this sad news and arrangements for Mr Hogg’s funeral and a memorial service will be announced in due course.
In Mr Hogg’s pockets was found a copy of Keats’s Collected Poems and the draft of a crossword. The latter may serve as a cryptic epitaph for the last 50 days of his life.