Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Malachi Ritscher - RIP

I just found out that yet another friend - Malachi Ritscher - has taken his own life, and in a really horrific, symbolic manner. This is absolutely horrible news. I had known Malachi for about 20 years. We used to live right by each other back in the late-1980s, up near Loyola University. We both went through big break-ups at around the same time, and we sometimes hung out together at Smart Bar, Moody's Pub, and elsewhere, consoling each other. More recently, I could always count on him listing my live shows on his website, "Chicago Rash Audio Potential," and sending me a funny e-mail when he responded to my updates. I last spoke with him at the Daniel Mensche/Olivia Block show. My best wishes go out to his family and his friends.

He clearly planned his end, leaving this mission satement on his website:
It is followed by a detailed obituary: