[Grief] Peter Christopherson

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Sat Nov 27 04:06:56 PST 2010

is that the advantages of the internet, web 2.0 
and so forth that all and everybody seriously 
feel they have the right to get the last word and 
knowledge about every tiny detail of those whose 
records they buy - or more often: grab for free 

your job is to remunerate, appreciate and honour 
the works of the artists not stick your nose into 
every tiny corner of their private lives. all 
this speculating about the cause of his death 
really makes me sick. especially when the beauty 
standards conformists raise their voice again: 
overweight! how contradictory to the norm!

if you and others of your tune would be a bit 
more familiar with the gay bear movement, that 
sleazy was at least remotely part of you would 
know that there's hundreds of thousands of 
overweight men even in their 70s that are 
enjoying a great life and health - in spite of 
being overweight and living not the most healthy 

sleazy is dead - bad enough, so just everybody 
take it as it is. what fucking difference does it 
make, why exactly it happened?! to make you feel 
better? to make him more guilty of not delivering 
the promised future records & gigs you feel you 
have the right to be delivered to with...?

>Christopherson was overweight and probably ate 
>whatever was at hand - at his mid 50 and to 
>suddenly die in his sleep, this may have been 
>the cause. I'm a good deal younger than him, at 
>41, actually under my weight and quite lean, 
>exercise daily, do not eat anything sweet or 
>with sugar, food very low on fat, a good deal of 
>vegetables and so on and so forth - yet, still, 
>I suffer from high blood pressure and rather 
>poor health and am already on medication. From 
>glancing at Christopherson's more recent photos 
>- the only exercise he probably engaged in was 
>programming MAX/MSP on this laptop....becaming 
>too overweight for his good, and the heart just 
>gave in - just a glance of his photos when in 
>Coum and TG, comparing to recent shots, it 
>really does amaze me on how much weight he 
>gained over the years. This is also quite 
>visible in a few and very recent interviews I 
>have seen on Youtube. I really don't believe the 
>death was due to pulmonary embolism - 
>unfortunately, Christopherson was probably very 
>lax with his health and paid the price - a pity, 
>especially from someone with such a rich output 
>and great music. No doubt, his genius will be 
>greatly missed.
>cheers, s.


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