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  1. tigerbob
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    I just found out that a friend of mine on another message board has died.

    Scott was an elementary school music teacher and a rabid Tigers fan, Born in Michigan, he had lived in Florida for many years, but could frequently be found posting on the Detroit Tigers messageboard under the screen name tigersaint, particularly during game day threads.

    I'm surprised that the death of someone I only knew online has affected me as much as it has. He didn't suffer fools gladly but was a really great guy, always fun to read and he wrote some very funny poetry about the Tigers.

    Because messageboards are usually a private and remote activity, it is unusual to get news of something like this. We know other posters, but we don't know their families and therefore have often no way of knowing whether they just stopped posting or whether something more serious has happened.

    I'm wondering whether anyone else has had an experience like this. I often wonder what happened when someone you used to read frequently just suddenly stops posting.

    Anyway, R.I.P Scott Turnbull. I'll miss you.
     
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    yes i was on an excite board for a number of years...we lost 3 people....one was expected...a long illness....one went to the doctor for the flu...died two weeks later of liver problems....one dies in a car wreck...death is always a shock..and you do develop deep attachments to people even in cyberland
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that.
     
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    I know what you mean about finding out about sudden unexpected death of friends. A good friend of mine who lives in Virginia was killed in an auto accident over the last weekend. I just found out about it today. Talk about getting a shocking phone call...
     
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    That's too bad. I'm sorry. That kind of thing just completely knocks you for a loop doesn't it?
     
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    Yeah I think we lost three members of a cadre of posters who started out at Cartalk and the migrated to Cybersoapbox, too.

    Two died of natural causes and one was beaten to death on the streets of some shithole town in the Southwest.

    One of those posters was a fabulous writer whose contributions were sorely missed.

    One was just a sweet guy who died from some long term illess.

    The one who was beaten to death sounded like a lot of the tough guys we encounter on boards like these.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear about this.
     
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    It's almost like losing a family member. Leaves a void in the cyber community.
     
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    live for today folks---tomorrow is guaranteed to no one

    Sorry to hear about your loss !
     
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    Seen it a few times over the years, on several gaming boards.

    Its odd to read their old posts knowing they aern't going to make another.
     

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