It is a public forum, so you already have the information.
You have been talking to him very recently, so whatever the 'serious joke' was I can only assume it wasn't bad enough for you to discontinue your interaction with him.
You made your own views clear in an Underground thread here about another poster talking about some issues on a public forum, and yet here you are doing the exact same thing about someone's possible serious health issues.
You can say you don't want to talk about it anymore, but you are the one who posted about this person completely randomly. I think it's very sad that you wouldn't reach out to him given how far back you go.
You don't understand. I just found out this evening so I am still very confused. He's the one who made it public not me as he's opened a separate thred for it on the other fourm. I am only trying ot verify the information before I reach out to him. As I said, I have problems trusting him because of our past. I've seen Prod last time I was there so I thought he'd know a bit more about it.
Last time I spoke to him was a few months ago. I haven't spoken to him since then but whenever I go there and post something which is very rare these days, he tends to quote me but I don't reply as my posts have nothing to do with him.
My mum died of liver cancer so it's a very serious matter to me but Alex has a serious crush on me (for years now) and he's half the reason why I'd left that forum. The less he stays in touch with me the better it is for him. If he was just a friend I'd say something to him right away. Right now I am not even sure what is the truth.