It’s not everyday an obituary goes viral.
Though it’s not everyday that Spider-Man dies.
Minneapolis man Aaron Joseph Purmort tragically passed away from cancer at the young age of 35.
A wonderful man with a great sense of humor, Aaron and his wife Nora wrote his obituary together.
Published in the Star Tribune, on Sunday November 30th, his obit read:
“Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years’ long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate).
Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party.
He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.”
Wow, that is seriously so amazing.
His child will not only know how funny his dad was, he’ll also know his dad’s biggest secret: he was Spider-Man.
Aaron’s wife Nora said:
“We had time to sit down and write his obituary. I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much.”
That is the sweetest, most heart-wrenching thing ever.
She later spoke about her husband and the importance of life insurance, saying:
“Most single guys in their 30s don’t have life insurance, and Aaron was no exception. Please, for the LOVE OF PETE, if you are a young, healthy person who plans on falling in love and getting married, get life insurance NOW. Hopefully your family doesn’t need it until you are very, very old, but they just might need it sooner.”
That public service announcement was because the costs of Aaron’s treatment were so high and without life insurance, things are financially tough.
R.I.P. – Aaron “Spider-Man” Purmort
[Image via YouCaring.]