Aaron Joseph Purmort died on Nov. 25 after a year of fighting brain cancer. Before he died he wrote his own obituary, cheekily claiming he was Spiderman, was once married to Gwen Stefani and calling for his son to "avenge" his death.
Purmort was a married father of one, who worked as a graphic designer. After his diagnosis, his wife Nora Purmort started a blog to chronicle what would eventually be their last days together. According to her, the couple sat down together to write the words that would appear in his obituary. "I've never laughed and cried more in one sitting," she said. "But I'm so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much."
Here is the obituary that appeared in the Star Tribune:
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.
His wife documented their moments together during his illness.
“There is so much beauty if you can face the hard part of life. And I learned that from Aaron,” Nora Pur told the Star Tribune, which also ran a long re-telling of the couple's love story (they met on Twitter).
"I know what Aaron always knew: it might not be true right this second, but it's going to be okay," she said on her blog.
Images via Instagram.