Man reveals true identity in obituary, instructs son to ‘avenge his death’
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Aaron Joseph Purmort knew that he didn’t have long to live when he sat down with his wife to write his own obituary. His wife Nora wrote in her blog, “I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting.”
The couple somehow managed to keep their humor intact as they crafted his final words to the world:
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.
Purmort was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, and after years of fighting he lost his battle last week. Nora described it as, “It wasn’t a war or a fight. Those things have rules. This was more like Aaron getting in the ring with the Mohammed Ali of cancers, and smiling for round after round after he got his teeth knocked out and his face rearranged.”
His wife calls her blog “My Husband’s Tumor,” but assures readers, “It’s not a cancer story, it’s a love story. With some cancer.”
The Purmorts’ story will be told as part of an A&E documentary.
Nora’s sister has also set up a crowdfunding page online for donations to help with Aaron’s medical and funeral expenses. So far they have raised more than $100,000.