Steve Gilliard dies

One of progressivism’s staunchest defenders on the Web is gone: Steve Gilliard of The News Blog died this morning at the age of 41. Sincere condolences to his family, his blog partner Jen, his friends, and his many readers.

I don’t know why, but I was really sure that he was going to come back.

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37 responses to “Steve Gilliard dies

  1. How sad to hear that. He was an early member of The Liberal Coalition back when NTodd started it in 2003 and I really enjoyed his work. I knew he was ill, but I had no idea that it was this bad.

    My thoughts are with his friends and family.

  2. This is very sad news. I have missed his commentary since he first entered the hospital. He had a unique voice in the progressive blogosphere.

  3. I’m so depressed I can hardly move.

  4. Soul

    The News Blog was my first stop every morning until he got sick. I feel so terrible for Jen, his family, and all his loyal readers. I’m gonna have to cry over this. peace out Steve!

  5. Kathy Kattenburg

    I didn’t know much about him, only his name really, and that he was a widely read blogger. I didn’t know that he was sick. But I still feel sad. It’s so terrible to die at such a young age, and his family must be in such pain.

  6. anangryoldbroad

    I didn’t always agree with Steve,but he was smart,inciteful,just really bright. You could tell he read alot,studied things. An amazing brain IMO. He really wanted to make people think and engage them,he didn’t really want to be a”star”blogger. He wanted to talk to people about what was going on with our government,look at our history,and figure out how to use our common sense as a nation to solve problems. I learned alot about New York,miltary history,racism,cooking and culture from reading The News Blog. I never commented much over there,but I visited often. Steve was one of the good guys.

  7. Graham

    I didn’t know much about him, only his name really, and that he was a widely read blogger…

    He was just so passionate. He wanted the world to be fair.

    His angry rants against war, racism , and every other injustice in the world are legendary. He believed.

    Oh shit.

    Oh double shit.

  8. The word of the day is “trans permutation.”

  9. I fell in love witha little ghost.

  10. I wasn’t familiar with The News Blog until I saw the condolences today, and now it looks like the site’s been taken down. Damn. Even way too late, I can’t get to know what sounds like a dynamite blog.

    Also, 41 is too young to pass on. What happened? It’s bad enough when a well-loved centenarian dies. But this…. It’s got to be devastating for his friends and family.

  11. quixote, my guess is that the site will be reopened in a few days after this initial closing in recognition of Steve’s death. I’m sure that many of Steve’s readers would like to be able to express their condolences and say goodbye in comments on the weblog. And apart from that, I’d think that keeping Steve’s writing available would be desirable. Again, just a guess.

    The long-term future of the blog, though, is something that Jen and others connected with the site will have to work out.

  12. Nadai

    Quixote, you can read much of his writing at http://www.stevegilliard.blogspot.com/ . The blog moved from there to the address Waveflux linked to above back in late January 2007, and it remains as an archive. You can’t comment there anymore, but it’s well worth reading.

    I’m going to miss him. His blog was one of the few I checked every day – even when I disagreed with him, he made me think. Sometimes he even made me change my mind. He had a way of cutting to the core of an issue, of paring away all the extraneous crap and saying, “This, this is what you should look at.” And it wasn’t an intellectual exercise with him. He always wrote with passion and heart. It’s so sad to lose him, and it infuriates me that he didn’t live to see Bush leave office. He deserved to see that.

  13. He was just so passionate. He wanted the world to be fair.

    He sounds like a person I would have wanted to know. And far too young to die.

  14. I don’t know why, but I was really sure that he was going to come back.

    It’s because Steve had such a force of will that you — and I — just sort of thought he’d will himself through this.

    None of us can, of course. But Steve did more good in his 41 years than most people do in 90. He was one of the reasons the left grew a spine between 2002 and 2006. I’m gonna miss him.

  15. I just looked up the word “permutation.” The first meaning is “a complete change; a transformation.”

    My father used to tell me, when I was young and frightened by the idea of dying (as opposed to now, yeah), “Nothing is lost. Everything is transformed.” Actually, it’s a famous quote, maybe by someone French? because my father would say it in French. But anyway, that quote has always been so comforting to me. And it seems particularly apt in the context of a wonderful, caring human being having died long before what should have been his time.

  16. Misty

    Oh dear, that’s so very sad. 😦

  17. Also, 41 is too young to pass on. What happened?

    He was in the hospital for weeks before passing on; I didn’t follow the details too closely, but I believe it started with a stroke, followed by surgery and all sorts of ghastly complications.

    I wasn’t one of the man’s biggest fans, but I certainly admired his passion and fighting spirit. Didn’t realize how relatively young he was.

  18. pilotweed

    This just sucks. He was one of my favorite bloggers. His incredible mind and passion just blew me away. I am stunned and deeply saddened by this news. My heart goes out to his family and especially his best friend Jen

  19. Misty

    Sara at Orcinus has a relatively in-depth post about the news and the blog.

  20. I just read a few more details over at Orcinus. He had a heart valve operation and apparently had a stroke during the operation. But his health was not the best even before that; he had diabetes and kidney problems, so I guess his overall resistance or ability to fight the additional problems resulting from the heart valve condition was compromised.

    It really is horribly tragic. I have read so many deeply affecting tributes to him from bloggers who knew him. You know that line from the Wizard of Oz where the Wizard tells the tin man, “And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”

    It’s so clear that Steve Gilliard was loved, by many people.

  21. Neneh

    What a loss.

  22. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    “Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens’ claws”—James Douglas Morrison

    Rest in peace, Steve, “and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.

  23. I am fairly new to Steve’s writing. But it’s easy to see why he was so loved and revered: the man could cut through the underbrush and bramble and get straight to the nerve center of an issue (mixing plant and animal metaphors here, sorry).

    Here is a great piece Steve wrote for Kos back in 2003.

  24. I was really expecting him to come back, too.

    When you go back and read some of his old posts, it’s really striking how passionate, righteous and powerful his voice was. I can’t think of anyone who could match him.

  25. ananke

    here is a another great piece Steve Gilliard wrote to introduce New York to some immigrants from Wisconsin:

    http://www.disobey.com/ghostsites/netslaves/comments/980260490.shtml

    it makes me want to hop in the car and drive up to NYC and walk around the city with my Manhattanite cousin, but sad to think that with Steve’s passing a piece of the city’s soul must have gone with him

  26. Fucking hell.

    I never imagined he wouldn’t pull through, either.

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  28. Fucking hell.

    And fuck the fucking Yankees. x 7.

    Namaste, Steve.

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  30. tas

    My initial and only reaction continues to be “Oh my GOD!”

  31. Molly, NYC

    I assumed he’d pull through too (I know it sounds stupid, but I figured he was too brainy not to), until a few weeks ago when there was an item in his blog that his family didn’t want them to publish any more updates on his condition.

  32. Molly, NYC

    And speaking of his family–do they read these things? Do they know how widely he was admired, how much he’ll be missed by so many people? This is so sad.

  33. Nadai, Litbrit, thanks for the links! That DailyKos piece shows that people aren’t saying enough about how much the man *knew*.

    Man. Molly Ivins, and now this.

    (Maybe I can lighten things up a bit by pulling an O’Reilly and saying it must all be the fault of how the Christofascists have made life awful.

    But it doesn’t work. This sort of thing doesn’t lighten, no matter what you do.)

  34. desertwind

    Jen tried to warn us, but I believe we all thought he’d pull through. Somehow.

    I saw the news posted on TPM this morning and I cried out loud. And then I wimpered like a baby for someone I’ve never met.

    Steve was so reliable. A real fighter. A real blood-boiler. One of the good guys. He could be funny as hell, too, couldn’t he?

    He never ever moaned about his health. Hell, he never even mentioned it in passing. I had no idea and, from comments left on his blog when he went into hospital in February, I realized I wasn’t the only regular who had no idea.

    What a smart guy. What an interesting read: Iraq, American history, the military, local and US politics, food, drink, music.

    I’ll miss him dearly.

    And…

    FUCK THE FUCKIN’ YANKEES!

  35. SAP

    I’ll really miss Steve.

  36. For those of us who believe in reincarnation, he will come back.

  37. katecontinued

    And, we could think of this as a release from this place which is being overwhelmed with hate, poison and disease. Just sayin . . .

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