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Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good

by merlyn (Sage)
on Feb 22, 2013 at 01:26 UTC ( #1020042=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Many of you know of my best buddy of three decades, Bill Harp. He's the guy who planned all those wonderful Stonehenge parties, and helped me out with other marketing activities over the years.

I'm currently starting a 13-day cruise around South America and I got a text from his wife Michelle. I don't have many details, but apparently he suffered a major heart attack yesterday, and lost oxygen for quite a while, went into surgery to insert stents, and is currently in a medically induced coma. They hope to revive him tomorrow, but there's a lot going on.

Please keep Bill and Michelle in your thoughts. Thank you.


UPDATE: Bill never recovered. Dead a few hours ago.

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Re: Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
by jfroebe (Vicar) on Feb 22, 2013 at 14:43 UTC

    insert swearing

    I hope Bill pulls through. I met him once about 15 years ago. Pretty cool guy :)

    Jason L. Froebe

    Blog, Tech Blog

Re: Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
by jfroebe (Vicar) on Feb 22, 2013 at 16:23 UTC
Re: Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
by luis.roca (Deacon) on Feb 22, 2013 at 23:43 UTC

    I'm sorry for your loss.

    "...the adversities born of well-placed thoughts should be considered mercies rather than misfortunes." Don Quixote
Re: Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
by Argel (Prior) on Feb 23, 2013 at 00:57 UTC
    A little over a year ago a friend of mine had a massive heart attack across the street from the hospital and even being that close was not enough for him to pull through. Very few do given these kinds of circumstances. My deepest condolences and prayers for friends and family. :-(

    Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks
    My deviantART gallery

Re: Bill Harp massive heart attack, currently in ICU, prognosis not good
by Jim (Curate) on Jan 10, 2014 at 00:16 UTC

    I just stumbled upon this post from last year. Very sad news.

    I was on the inaugural Perl Whirl 2000 cruise to Alaska with you and Bill, so I met him then. He was truly the life of the party—a party he manifested himself as he went along. Although some of his many colorful shenanigans are lost to me now in the blur of drunken memories of that wonderful, singular event, his antics are thankfully chronicled in Steve Silberman's October 2000 Wired magazine article titled Scripting on the Lido Deck. Now, the article serves as a nice tribute to his great spirit and to his unique and inimitable contributions to the Perl community.

    Wang Wang!

    Jim

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