How He Died: Stone Cates, unofficial adopted bro and right hand man of mob boss Sonny Corinthos, passed away of AIDS.
Why I Was Sad: As a longtime soap opera fan, I was used to characters kicking the bucket, but there was always a chance a character could miraculously come back, like, five years later (like, say, Hope did on "Days of Our Lives"). Stone's death, however, was very clearly permanent and a reflection of the very tragic reality of the AIDS crisis. His death scene was unbelievably poignant too. Having lost most of his eye sight to the disease, just before he passed, Stone was able to see his girlfriend Robin for the last time. "Robin, I can see you ... I can see you!"
How Sad Was I? SOBS FOR DAYSSSSSSSSSSSS.