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Date: 2014-05-22 00:07
Subject: Correction Re My Niece's Ex-Husband's COD
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The visitation for my niece's ex-husband took place this evening. jebra and I left work an hour early and drove to Ionia for the visitation. Besides offering our support and condolences to the family, I was hoping to get the full story on what killed him. The later part didn't happen and the short answer is "no one knows." My mom says the hospital ran a tox report and there were no traces of any drugs in his system at the time of his death. Some people seem to think he had an enlarged heart and that's what killed him, or that he suffered some sort of aneurysm. I hope there was an autopsy but my mom says his body was delivered to the funeral home very soon after his death and doubts there was enough time to have had one performed. So it may remain a mystery forever.

My niece is holding up better then I'd expect and far better than I would in the same circumstance. A ton of folks came out for the visitation, family, childhood friends, and friends from his service with the Marine Corps. Melanie did a great job creating photo displays for her ex-husband and it was easy to see he loved to laugh and that his friends and family were extremely important to him. And that he adored his little girl. One thing I didn't know is that Brandon also had artistic talent. Three of his works were displayed; two paintings and a poster-sized pencil drawing. I really wish I'd known him better.

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User: ruefull
Date: 2014-05-22 09:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. It's hard enough when you know what happened, not knowing just makes it worse. At least you have the comfort of knowing it wasn't an overdose. I'll be praying for you all and thinking of you in the days to come.
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2014-05-22 10:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My condolences to his family and all who knew him.

Special sympathy for your niece; I know too well that the death of an "ex" can be shattering. It must be especially distressing for her that her daughter has lost her father.
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User: wpadmirer
Date: 2014-05-22 11:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am sorry for the loss to your family. I suppose it is some comfort it was not drugs that killed him. It is a sad loss of a young man.
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Thistlethorn: lewis/hathaway-rain
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2014-05-23 20:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is very sad. It's always terrible when a life ends too sooon.
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