A sudden end...
I imagine he must have died today or yesterday. But we heard nothing of an accident before, so I can only speculate that his death followed almost immediately on his fall. Selfishly, I want to know more: When was the fall? What were the circumstances? What day did he die? The absence of details is unsettling. Writer E.R. White, in his tribute today, reminded us that the family would find even e-mails overwhelming, let alone inquiries; all I can do is be patient.
“I can’t believe I didn't think of that! Thank you. We spent days playing with all sorts of names from the clever to asinine. I am bringing this up with the rest of the Goldberg Family Band.” — e-mail from Josh, Dec. 6, 2009
Like John Chapman, it is likely that Joshua Goldberg’s behind-the-scenes influence is already much greater than we realize. If we continue his good work, his legacy may quietly eclipse that of the most prominent commentators, reporters, and talking heads, by producing better ones.
Thank you, Josh, for helping me to become the blogger I always wanted to be. And to Lucianne, Chantal, Jonah, and your families, please accept my deepest condolences and prayers now and during the difficult period ahead.
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