Dad Battling Cancer Pens Heartbreaking, Hilarious Obituary Revealing He Is Spider-Man
By John Boone
Aaron Joseph Purmort, a 35-year-old husband and father from Minneapolis, Minn., passed away last week after battling brain cancer for several years.
Before he died, Aaron penned his own obituary, in which he reveals his secret superhero identity and his brief, tragic love affair with Gwen Stefani. It was published in the Star Tribune and here in full:
“Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long.
“Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate).
“Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs.
“As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy.
“Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.”
On her blog, My Husband’s Tumor, Aaron’s wife Nora says, “Before [Purm] died, we had time to sit down and write his obituary. I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much.”
(We recommend reading Nora and Aaron’s entire love story, but especially her latest post titled “Ready or Not,” about how hard it's been to move on and the small steps she is taking in her day-to-day life to feel ready.)
Nora’s sister, Meghan Wilker, set up a YouCaring page to raise money to “cover costs related to Aaron’s hospice care, and support Nor and Ralphie through these next couple of months. With an original goal of $100,000, the page has already raised over $106,00. You can donate here.
And watch the trailer for a documentary about Aaron and Nora’s journey:
Watch as Garth Brooks relives a beautiful moment he shared with a cancer patient on Entertainment Tonight: