Chinese language publications have already published suicide as the cause of death. I’m not originating rumors if that’s what you’re concerned about.
WTF???? This was not at all expected! He certainly had more great work in front of him.
Family members of Zhang did not disclose the cause of death.
Please do not speculate. Unless the family releases the information, we would do well to respect their privacy, and "suggestions" of the cause of death seem quite disrespectful, as on the Internet suggestions often masquerade as truth.
"We are heartbroken to inform you that our beloved Soucheng passed away unexpectedly this past Saturday, December 1, after fighting a battle with depression"
No worries, it is a sensitive topic and I understand.
This is horrible. Shoucheng was a kind and brilliant guy, and a great scientist. He was an amazing communicator and had a gift for describing the importance of developing your own “scientific taste.” Can’t believe this.
I was saddened to learn of this as well. I didn't really know him, but my PI did. I should check on them...
It has been suggested that it may have been suicide.
God damn it.
I have heard so much about his contributions to the field of condensed matter. A great physicist no doubt. This is so sad. My sincerest condolences to his family, colleagues, students and collaborators.
I'm sorry, I did not mean to suggest you had originated the rumors, just that breaking the requested privacy of the family is a little heartless (not by you, but by the spawners of the rumor.)