In Memoriam Delinda Dyrssen

Photo of Delinda Dyrssen by Bliss Windlow, copyright 2010

In catching up with the Second Life news over a busy weekend, I was saddened to learn of the passing in Real Life of Denice Williams, known on the Grid as Delinda Dyrssen.  As Delinda, she was a noted Grid musician, and also a good friend to many avatars — witness the outpouring of support she received at a concert held this weekend to help her wake up from a coma.  She was showing signs of responding, but died of cardiac arrest on Saturday.  More information at New World Notes. Information on Denise’s real life.

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UPDATE, November 22: Paisley Beebe has published an excellent and moving tribute to Delinda at the Tonight Live blog.

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I had never met Delinda or attended one of her concerts, but she has clearly touched many lives.  And the fact that she was counts for something as well.  To quote an often-used passage, from John Donne (with modernized spelling):

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main. If a Clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontory were, as well as if a Manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee…”

My prayers and sympathy, for both Delinda/Denise, and for her family in and out of world.

Posted November 21, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in People

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