From what I heard Earl pasted away in his sleep. I know a few years ago he had a procedure done that required a electrical shock applied to is heart to correct
what was believed to be an irregular heart beat. I remember him being concerned about it but after the procedure he was fine. I can only assume his heart stopped while he was asleep.
Thanks Rocky... He spoke of you a lot and we'd always joked and laughly thought of burying some bottles to dig up later when things got bored... he was that kind of person... always smiling and making everyone laugh!