Bil Browning

Blogger Jon Swift dies unexpectedly

Filed By Bil Browning | March 04, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Al Weisel, Jon Swift, liberal blogger, obituary

A great light has gone out in the blogosphere.

Blogger Jon Swift has passed away. Jon was an anonymous blogger al_weisel_th.jpg(even Melissa McEwan of Shakesville - where Jon was a contributor - didn't know his real name), but his mother left a comment on the site to tell his fans of his passing and reveal his identity.

i don't know how else to tell you all who love this blog. i am jon swift's mom and i guess i'm going to out him. he was al weisel, my beloved son. al was on his way to his father's funeral in va when he suffered 2 aortic aneurysms, a leaky aortic valve and an aortic artery dissection from his heart to his pelvis. he had 3 major surgeries within 24 hours and sometime during those surgeries also suffered a severe stroke. we, his 2 sisters, his brother, his partner and his best friend since he was 9 years old were with him as he took his last breath. we have all lost a shining start who warmed our hearts, tormented us and made us laugh as he giggled at our pulling something over on us. he passed away on february 27, 2010. my beloved child will live on in so many hearts. i miss him more than i can say. if you are on facebook, go to organizations and join "friends of al weisel, unite!" it will give you just a taste of how special he was. farewell, jon (al)

Jon was one of my favorite bloggers. It seems appropriate that the last post on his site - dated March 19, 2009 - is entitled "Sometimes there are no words." No words, indeed.


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