Reports of Mike Hallett's death have been greatly exaggerated.
In fact, they've been made up.
According to this online encyclopedia, Mike "died of medical complications following a stroke he suffered four days before his death. His family are currently seeking compensation from the NHS and Berkshire hospitals for negligence that may have resulted in his death. He was 46."
Indeed, he was 46 but he's now 49.
If Mike has been dead all this time then he's done a remarkable job as a commentator alongside me on Eurosport.
Mike is well and truly alive in more ways than one - he reached the final of the last PIOS event, won his first match in the latest one yesterday and is poised for a return to the main tour.
Whoever wrote the entry has either badly got the wrong end of the stick or maliciously tried to start a rumour.
Either way, I'm happy to confirm that Mike lives.