Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Elswinger/Larry Davenport passes away at age 45.

The Stranger's Slog notified its readers last Friday night that frequent commenter, Elswinger passed away last Wednesday after a long battle with various medical issues. Elswinger also chronicled his battles with his health and the health care bureaucracy in his blog, Elswinger's World. It's a fascinating, moving, funny and heart breaking account of his life over the last few months...in the past, I would check it out every so often to see what he'd written, but I had a difficult time reading it on a regular basis due to its depressing subject matter, but after his death, I felt compelled to read it all, and I'm glad I did. It's a tough read, but I encourage everyone to read it, if only to honor the man who wrote it, but it'll also toughen your resolve to demand that this country make some drastic changes in its' healthcare system.

Also, Larry could be very funny. The section where he is blogging while he is high, is both poignant and comedic. Yes, it IS a laugh and cry moment but not in a Robin Williams movie sort of way...

A public memorial to Larry will be held this coming Saturday, April 18th from 5pm to 8pm at the Six Arms on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

A toast to Larry "Elswinger" Davenport.

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