DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’ve been close friends with someone for over 18 years. He and his wife even had their children refer to me as “uncle.”

Several years ago, they moved to a large city far away. We stayed in touch as best we could. They would stop by when visiting his parents, who still lived in our town.

I retired three years ago and moved back to the town I grew up in. I tried to stay in touch with my friend, but he’s grown increasingly distant.

I recently texted him and told him that my last brother had passed, and it was a sad time for me. His response was, “That’s really tough, bro.” He showed almost no empathy.

I’ve not heard from him or his wife since that day, which was many months ago.

Would it be rude to ask if I’ve done or said something that deeply offended them to the point that they decided to end our friendship?

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