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Aaron Purmort creatively remembered as crime-fighting superhero in obituary


"[Aaron Purmort] died peacefully at home on Nov. 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."

That's the first line of Purmort's obituary.

The young Minneapolis man's journey with brain cancer was an inspiration to many who followed his story on his wife's blog, My Husband’s Tumor. Nora Purmort documented his illness and how it affected their family, her posts candid, eloquently worded, and sprinkled with humor.

His obituary, which was published in Sunday's Star Tribune, was no different.

"Before Purmort died, we had time to sit down and write his obituary. I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much," Nora wrote on her blog.

It's short, fewer than 300 words, but gives another creative glimpse into the art director and "comic book aficionado's" life – FOX 9 called it "one of the best you'll ever read" and Slate said it's a "perfect summation of how the couple tried to keep a sense of humor."

He's remembered for his entertaining, yet long and repeated stories, his pop-culture knowledge and being the "most fun person at any party."

"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)."

The obituary also mentions Aaron's first wife – Gwen Stefani, for which his wife tweeted Sunday:

A service will be held for Aaron Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Shelter Studios in Minneapolis.

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