I never heard anything in the news that he was even sick, and according to the article, he was recently been diagnosed with leukemia.
"I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do. I enjoy the company of prostitutes because it's a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it's probably even more fun." -- Representative Robert Wexler (D - FL)
I caught "Battleground", but skipped "Crouch End" since I didn't care much for the story anyway (which was to me, disjointed and uninteresting). "Battleground" was true enough to the short story (from Night Shift)