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What am I supposed to say here?

You would think I would have gotten better at this. But it doesn't come any easier.

I had hoped my next post here would be a fun announcement of the kids season followed by the mini season. Actually I started work on them last night...

But that was last night.

This is today, and today I received the news that alexpgp lost his battle with cancer.

You are all "equal" in my eyes - but I don't think I've ever been shy that he was one of my all time favorite writers. On top of that, he was an all around decent human being that I enjoyed emailing with.

I wish I had his words and his way of telling a story, so I could use it to say something here. But the moment is too raw.

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers - and go back through the archives and read some of his stuff. Because it deserves to be read. It deserves to be remembered. HE deserves to be remembered.

The world has lost an amazing talent, and a wonderful man.



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Feb. 6th, 2018 06:59 pm (UTC)
Cancer is so horrible. I am shocked. I had no idea this was happening. I really enjoyed Alex's entries, especially ones about Russia, living & working there. They were always fascinating to me because while I'm ethnically Russian, he was way more *Russian* than I could ever be. He respected and loved the culture, and that was always clear in his writing.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:17 pm (UTC)
I’m so sorry to hear it - he was such an amazing writer, and even when I was under a time crunch, I always tried to read his entries. He will be missed.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:24 pm (UTC)
Such sad news. My heart goes out to those who love him, my deepest sympathies. So, so sad.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh g-d! I am so very sorry to hear this. He was a great guy. I will miss him.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, no...

I kept hoping he would beat it-- he was hopeful and fighting even these last few weeks. But as soon as I saw the title of this post, my heart sank.

He was a terrific writer, person, and modest human being. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

I think he first got the diagnosis over two years ago, and I'm sure they and we are grateful for that extra time.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:40 pm (UTC)
He really was a wonderful guy. Always so friendly and polite, and I loved his stories about his real-life experiences.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:55 pm (UTC)
This is so sad. I loved his entries, especially the ones about Russia. He had a great way of telling a story.
Feb. 6th, 2018 07:58 pm (UTC)
My posting was anonymous, which I didn't intend. As I said, this is so sad. I loved his stories, especially the ones about Russia. He had a great way of telling a story.
Feb. 6th, 2018 08:16 pm (UTC)
I loved his writing. This is just awful.
Feb. 6th, 2018 08:24 pm (UTC)
:mouth drop:

I had absolutely no idea he had cancer. No idea whatsoever. I feel horrible learning this.

:echoes the Russia stories:
Feb. 6th, 2018 08:25 pm (UTC)
As halfshellvenus said, my heart sank when I read the title of this entry, since I suspected what the news must be. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I will miss his writing!

Feb. 6th, 2018 08:37 pm (UTC)

He was one of my favorite writers, consistently. I didn't love everything he did, but I respected the craftmanship and the work that went into creating each piece, and I genuinely enjoyed reading what he put out. He will be missed.
Feb. 6th, 2018 09:18 pm (UTC)
So so terrible. I wish I could send his family a card. I wish they could see these comments. This is important during this darkest and most horrific of times. He was an amazing writer, an astonishing mind, and a truly honourable man.
Feb. 6th, 2018 09:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't got words. I'll go read more of his. He will be missed. Thank you for letting us know, so we can grieve together.
Feb. 6th, 2018 11:25 pm (UTC)

My thoughts to his friends and family. My sister passed from cancer rather quickly back in October. Cancer is such a horrible bitch

Feb. 7th, 2018 12:38 am (UTC)
This is incredibly sad. alexpgp was a fabulous writer and always had a kind word. He'll be missed around these parts. Sigh.
Feb. 7th, 2018 01:38 am (UTC)
Such sad news. I always enjoyed his stories.
Feb. 7th, 2018 02:23 am (UTC)
I’m really sorry to hear this. He was a good writer and a good person. Seconding (nth’ing) everyone who’s going back for a reread.

Feb. 7th, 2018 03:01 am (UTC)
Oh no! This is sad news indeed. I always enjoyed what he had to say here. Even though he was candid about his diagnosis in his writing here it still comes as a shock. He will be missed.
Feb. 7th, 2018 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh no! :(
Feb. 7th, 2018 03:33 am (UTC)
I'm so sad to hear this. What a pity.
Feb. 7th, 2018 07:31 am (UTC)
What a sad and terrible thing. Alexpgp was a terrific writer and always struck me as being a wonderful human being. Much love to his family and friends during this difficult time. I'm grateful that i had the chance to cross virtual paths with him. I'll miss his wit, warmth, keen intellect and wealth of knowledge.
Feb. 7th, 2018 05:47 pm (UTC)
Edit: I just looked up Natalie once again and noted that her FB page is marked "confidential." Sorry, it may not be available.

I shall merely copy the announcement I posted a yesterday. I learned from his daughter Natalie later in the day (Tuesday) that he had died "earlier in the morning" of Tuesday itself. I had long known that he was battling cancer, but she informed me that it was "very advanced prostate cancer." If any of you are on Facebook, you may look up and comment to his daughter, Natalie, and his wife, Galina.I know they will appreciate it. Additionally, Natalie is posting charming photos of Alex that we have never seen before.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
9:55 am
Sad news
It is with sincere sadness that I must report that I learned this morning from his daughter that alexpgp has died. I think we can all agree that he was truly one of LJIdol's stars.

Here are some thoughts I shared with his family:

Dear Galina, It was with great sadness that I read Natalie's post this morning. As you well know, Alex was one of those rare bright stars that only goes by once in a lifetime. It was apparent from his postings that he was understandably proud and intensely fond of his family. My heart is sad knowing he is no longer with us. I am one of many who enjoyed and admired his contributions to the Livejournal Idol community online. I would like to copy here the words I shared just minutes ago on Natalie's page:

The world has lost a warm and wonderful person. He was able to make good friends around the world, courtesy of the Internet. I feel certain he also had good buddies in all his daily routines. His enthusiasm for quirky nooks of experience, be it rocket science, chess, fountain pens, tai chi, mnemonics, or magic tricks kept him entertained, and his wider audience benefited from his musings on those subjects as well. I knew him best through his artful writing, which was of a quality few of us attain. His pithy stories always drew in the reader, with their plot twists, personalities, and snappy endings. The writing was simple and yet spectacularly skillful. I will miss his stories, and really hope to see a collection of them made available. Mostly, I am sad that such a bright star is no longer in our world. My sincere condolences to you, your brother, your mother and the grandchildren. Know that there are many out here in the Internetverse who miss him as well.........love, Julie Ransom Fricke

Edited at 2018-02-07 08:09 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2018 11:11 pm (UTC)
My soul swells.
Feb. 8th, 2018 03:47 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. A lovely person and a striking writer.
Feb. 16th, 2018 06:49 pm (UTC)
:( We will indeed do this when school lets up.

We send condolences to his friends and family.

Feb. 24th, 2018 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh this is a shock! I am really sorry to hear this. He was a great guy. I'll miss him.
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