St. Paul DJ announces his own death after penning his obituary

Larry Englund was well known on the Twin Cities music scene.
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A Twin Cities DJ and writer gave friends a surprise on Monday when he announced his own death.

Larry Englund had been battling stomach cancer and passed away on Saturday at the age of 73.

This death was announced on his blog Rhythm and Grooves and Facebook page on Monday, via an obituary written by Englund himself.

"Well, it appears that I’ve died. Passed away, departed, checked out, left this earthly vale, kicked the bucket, left town… you get the idea," he wrote.

A native of the Bronx in New York, Englund moved to the Twin Cities in 1979 and started working as a DJ at KFAI in 1981, hosting a number of shows, the last of which was "Rhythm and Grooves," which ran between 2002 and 2017.

He was also a music writer, interviewing the likes of James Brown and the Bobby Blue Band for City Pages and The Village in St. Paul, according to the Pioneer Press.

"Looking back, I realize that I’ve been an explorer of sorts, open to new experiences and adventures," he writes in his obituary.

"My work life has been… varied. I stopped counting after 28 jobs, but can say I learned something from each job."

He then goes on to highlight some of his "adventures," including biking from Minneapolis to New Orleans, going on tour with a band in Peru, visiting pyramids in Mexico and Guatemala, living in the Netherlands for three years, and building homes in Costa Rica.

He also left an amusing and sage list of things he's learned during his life:

  • When working road construction, never, ever leave your lunch bucket where it can get run over by a truck.
  • When the computer asks, “Delete file?” Always take a moment, and a deep breath, before hitting the key.
  • Even if it’s after midnight and you’re dead tired from working 14 hours, always take a shower after spending an evening cleaning a turkey processing plant.
  • Having the Pope in town is no guarantee for success in selling Pope T-shirts.
  • Always be open to exploration — even if it’s just trying some new food
  • The more you travel, the more you understand the traits that tie us together are stronger than the traits that separate us.
  • Having a partner that can use humor to point out foibles and miscommunications helps keep a relationship on an even, happy keel.

"That’s it. It’s been a good life," he concluded. "I’m leaving behind a loving wife, Liz, whom I adore, two sisters, Janet and Rene, and a passel of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many good-hearted, loving friends. Thanks to everyone for their support during these last few years.

"See you on the other side, wherever that may be."

A musical memorial service will be held in his honor in March, at a date yet to be set.

Here's his full obituary:

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