Joel Rosenberg, RIP

I saw a note linked from the Making Light blog about Joel Rosenberg having serious health problems last night, and his web site is reporting that he did not survive.

From http://freejoel.ellegon.com/2011/06/03/joel-rosenberg-husband-father-mensch/ -

On Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2011, Joel had a respiratory depression that caused a heart attack, anoxic brain damage and major organ failure. Despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and the team at Hennepin County Medical Center, Joel was pronounced brain dead at around 5:37pm Thursday June 2nd, In accordance with his wishes, he shared the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

He is survived by his daughters, Judith Eleanor and Rachel Hannah, and his wife, Felicia Herman. Today, June 3rd would have been his 32nd wedding anniversary.

Joel Rosenberg was a cantankerous individual, who I'm not sure I would have gotten along with in person, but everything I've ever seen written about him indicates that he was a person very much worth knowing. He was dedicated to his family and friends, and willing to die to protect them. He was the kind of friend who would drive from Minnesota to Texas and back to help a friend move. I enjoyed reading his fiction, he has a fantasy series that he started in 1978 and has been continuing ever since, and I am sad he won't be able to tell us the rest of the story.

My condolences to his family and friends.

2011.06.03 at 12:00am EDT