No, the headline doesn't mean Wil Wheaton's dead. It simply means that after meeting him at San Diego's Comic Con (we were on a panel together), he expressed an interest in the themes I discussed about Afterlife. Since we shared the same editor, I made sure he received a copy. (Wheaton has a story in the new Star Trek: The Manga that Tokyopop just published along with some other very good writers and artists -- it's worth checking out!) When I ran into him a few months later, he expressed a lot of love and enthusiasm for the book and offered to write a foreward for volume two. How could I refuse?
(For those of you who don't always recognize actor names (you know who you are), Wil Wheaton is probably best known as the lead in Stand by Me as well as for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.)