"...any hope for a rescue is unlikely."
October 8, 2018 10:40 AM   Subscribe

Obituary: Rick Stein, 71, of Wilmington was reported missing and presumed dead on September 27, 2018 when investigators say the single-engine plane he was piloting, The Northrop, suddenly lost communication with air traffic control and disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rehoboth Beach. Philadelphia police confirm Stein had been a patient at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was being treated for a rare form of cancer. Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg says doctors from Stein's surgical team went to visit him on rounds when they discovered his room was empty....
posted by zarq (38 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
 
Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From The Wreckage Of A Destroyed Sinking Battleship.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:43 AM on October 8 [13 favorites]


...
wait

What??
posted by obfuscation at 10:47 AM on October 8 [2 favorites]


Well done, Rick. I was under the impression that he was the real inventor of post-it notes and living anonymously in Brussels.
posted by Alison at 10:48 AM on October 8 [7 favorites]


Never been seen in the same room with Banksy. Coincidence? Probably not.
posted by slkinsey at 10:49 AM on October 8 [3 favorites]


"James Stein of Los Angeles claimed his uncle was an A&R consultant for Bad Boy records and ran a chain of legal recreational marijuana dispensaries in Colorado called Casablunta"

That is one great Obit.
posted by nikaspark at 10:53 AM on October 8 [14 favorites]


That page has some nasty adware that looks like it wants to install stuff on my phone. Don't visit without protection.
posted by I-Write-Essays at 11:00 AM on October 8 [2 favorites]


sonofabitch owes me money
posted by thelonius at 11:05 AM on October 8 [11 favorites]


Odd. I visited it on three Android devices and a laptop running Windows 8 prior to posting and saw no malware/adware issues.
posted by zarq at 11:05 AM on October 8 [1 favorite]


Best obit ever.
posted by maggiemaggie at 11:07 AM on October 8 [2 favorites]


Any obit that contains the phrase "the sea was angry that day" gets my approval.
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:07 AM on October 8 [18 favorites]


It did take me awhile to get past "Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg" though.
posted by maggiemaggie at 11:09 AM on October 8 [15 favorites]


The real Rick Stein has been retired for fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia.
posted by Etrigan at 11:20 AM on October 8 [13 favorites]


Goal: When I die, have an obituary worthy of a FPP here.
posted by COD at 11:23 AM on October 8 [9 favorites]


That's fantastic! Thanks for posting.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:25 AM on October 8 [2 favorites]


Juan Morefore DeRoad
posted by cron at 11:31 AM on October 8 [10 favorites]


That page has some nasty adware that looks like it wants to install stuff on my phone. Don't visit without protection.

*sniff* My hometown newspaper... I'm so proud
posted by Automocar at 11:32 AM on October 8 [4 favorites]


Rick Stein taught me how to love a woman — and how to scold a child
posted by growabrain at 11:32 AM on October 8 [3 favorites]


Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg says doctors from Stein's surgical team went to visit him on rounds. He was both in his room and not in his room until they opened the door...
posted by Splunge at 11:45 AM on October 8 [13 favorites]


This made me miss my late great dad. Sniff.
posted by 41swans at 11:57 AM on October 8 [2 favorites]


Rick Stein can divide by zero.
posted by cron at 11:59 AM on October 8


Splunge: "Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg says doctors from Stein's surgical team went to visit him on rounds. He was both in his room and not in his room until they opened the door..."

That means they know how fast he was going!
posted by chavenet at 12:03 PM on October 8 [15 favorites]


Guy told me his real name was Richard. Met him at a Dead concert in 1979. I think it was New Haven. Might have been Hampton. He was a guide! He guided me through a bad hit of acid. Talked me down while singing every single word that Jerry sang. I was having a hard time just being. Soothing voice. Witty banter. As easy as a tall glass of water. Never will forget him.

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posted by AugustWest at 12:34 PM on October 8 [9 favorites]


Hey, he was my 3rd grade teacher. A real mensch. Always wondered what happened to him after he left mid year. The vice principal who took over was grumpy and no fun at all.
posted by forforf at 12:46 PM on October 8 [7 favorites]


He has set a very high bar for obituaries. I salute you, Rick Stein, and I'm sorry you didn't get to stick around, or not, longer.
posted by theora55 at 12:58 PM on October 8 [2 favorites]


It was written by his daughter! That just tickles me. What a loving tribute.
posted by lunasol at 2:13 PM on October 8 [8 favorites]


All he ever wanted was a glass of grappa."

"...He went to your institutional healing facilities?"

How can we say what his best interests are?
posted by rhizome at 2:22 PM on October 8 [2 favorites]


Juan Morefore DeRoad...heh.
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:33 PM on October 8 [1 favorite]


Wait...I’m dead?!?
posted by Thorzdad at 3:18 PM on October 8 [2 favorites]


In the vein of this obit is this one for the former fire chief in my home town.
posted by rockindata at 4:45 PM on October 8 [2 favorites]


If Alex Walsh isn't writing anything other than obituaries, she absolutely ought to be.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:10 PM on October 8 [3 favorites]


It's dusty in here
posted by augustimagination at 7:20 PM on October 8


Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on here? I don't understand this at all. How did this happen? What is going on? I can't express this strongly enough. Literally how has this come to be written?
posted by bleep at 7:44 PM on October 8


bleep: the story behind the story
posted by bendy at 7:45 PM on October 8


I am crying. This is the most loving thing...
posted by latkes at 9:45 PM on October 8 [1 favorite]


Seems like a really sweet melding of Life of Pi and Big Fish. Bravo!

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posted by funkiwan at 10:29 PM on October 8


I'm a mess of hormones right now but I think this is so wonderful. What a sweet and loving celebration of a man by his daughter and loved ones.
posted by alleycat01 at 7:43 AM on October 9


I thought Stuart Kingston sounded familiar! I might have seen in around Rehoboth Beach, DE.

I'm gonna have to work "the sea was angry that day" into my own obituary.
posted by numaner at 1:27 PM on October 9


Followup
posted by theora55 at 11:41 AM on October 11 [2 favorites]


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