My best friend died in 1996
He died of complications of renal failure. He was a genius and I wish I had been born with his IQ. Even when he was very sick he made A's in college and he eventually earned a Masters Degree in Actuary science.
Its been many years since his death but no other friend has taken his place. He will always be my best friend.
I had another good friend a 18 wheeler long haul driver who died in 2000.
When it comes to friends I can't win for losing.