Popular Mpls tattoo shop grieving after sudden death of artist

Mo Richard collapsed on Sunday.

"It is with a deep and heavy heart that we announce the tragic passing of our very own and very beloved Mo Richard," reads a heartfelt Facebook announcement from Jackalope Tattoo, a popular Minneapolis ink shop that's made headlines for its all-female crew.

Richard, a 31-year-old tattoo artist who worked for Jackalope, collapsed on the job Sunday and never woke up, despite the lifesaving efforts of paramedics. 

Since the announcement, there's been an outpouring of grief from friends, colleagues, and clients, with nearly a dozen people chiming in on Facebook to say Richard had given them their very first tattoo.

"Mo was an amazing artist and a kind human being," wrote Natalia Vargas Márquez. "I'm proud to have two pieces by her. She also tattooed my mother for her first tattoo at almost 60 and was always kind and smart and creative."

According to City Pages, a medical examiner's office has determined Richard died of an aortic aneurysm – even though she had "seemed perfectly healthy."

There don't seem to be any funeral arrangements yet, but in the meantime, an online fundraising page has been set up for Mo's husband, Sam Richard. 

As of this writing, the site has raised nearly $11,000 to help him pay for medical bills and his wife's funeral. 

City Pages says the two had been married just under four years. 

What is an aortic aneurysm? 

According to WebMD, it happens when part of the aorta (which "carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body") bursts.

The site says this is caused by a weakening of the artery walls, which itself can arise from medical problems like high blood pressure. And they often happen with little to no warning, as most aneurysms have no symptoms. 

Most of the treatment focuses on preventative care (i.e. catching the problem early) , but if a rupture does happen, it's a life-threatening emergency, the Mayo Clinic says

If the artery does burst, emergency surgery can save the patient's life, but Mayo says there's a higher risk of complications if this happens. 

For more about aortic aneurysms (including tips on prevention), check out this link here. 

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