Paris, France -- A very close friend rang me early this morning to inform me that my best friend, veritably an older brother to me, has just passed away in Tokyo .
I'm still in shock and don't know what to write. I was just talking to him on the phone a week ago and we had promised to meet up either in Paris or in London where he was planning to spend the end of the year just like he did a couple of years ago.
Max Soliven was a friend through thick and thin, come hell or high water.
Max, my very dear friend, I shall miss you very much. Rest in peace.