The columnist is not dead.
In the recently concluded semester, we discussed an essay by Conrado de Quiros. So I asked the class if they knew who the author was, and one kid asked: "Is he still alive?" Instead of saying "Hello, do you live under a rock?" I just said that "Unless he died in the last 12 hours, I'd say he's still alive and he was drinking beer in 70s last night."
Meanwhile, I discover that De Quiros has a blog, which is more like a supplement to his Inquirer columns.
I knew it. I shouldn't have told them that entire "the author is dead" routine.