I'm currently working in a different country and just received the news through a mutual pal.
He had Sickle Cell Aneamia and, every few months, he'd get an attack that would put him out of commission for at least a week after which he'd bounce back completely. This time round, his body couldnt take anymore and it gave out on him.
We met when we were both first year university students and after a few months of completely ignoring each other (we had mutual pals but barely chatted because I thought he was arrogant and I think he found me to be quite flighty), we struck up conversation over a newfangled digital camera that I had at the time and, well, the rest is history. He was the nicest, smartest and most loyal person I have ever known. Plus he had a pretty wicked comic streak.
He always had my back and vice versa. I loved my friend dearly.
Yet... I feel nothing. I got an almost overwhelming burst of some unidentifiable emotion when I first heard but it quickly dissipated and now I feel cold and hollow. My best friend just died and I feel nothing. Is that normal?