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Old 11-27-2012, 02:14 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Deaths on an internet forum like this are sober reminders that there are real people behind these usernames. Of course, I know you are all real...but dealing with a digital persona still makes things a little less personal. While a lot of you have matured, graduated, gotten new jobs, lost your own loved ones, and lives have generally kept moving, I still picture you all in the way that I did when I first joined the forum years ago. I'm not sure I ever consider any of you dieing, so when it actually happens...it hits a very strange nerve in my mind. I'll never see Howard again...but I never saw him in the first place. It's very surreal and hard to put into words.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:21 PM   #62 (permalink)
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I know he was a regular poster over at MuzicForums as well, do they know?
Yes, MuzicForums knows. I learned about Patrick's death over there today.

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He was a cool guy, always could turn a nasty situation into a funny one. Never really saw him stoop to someones level when they took a shot at him. He had a great sense of humor.
I agree with what you said about "Howard" or "Duce" rarely stooping to someone's level when they took a shot at him. I admired that about him.

I also loved Patrick's quirky and bold humor, his friendliness, and his willingness to be open and make connections with people. He was thoughtful and supportive, which I appreciated. I'll miss him. Just today I was trying to contact him, asking him where he was!
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:39 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Sometimes, I thought he was basically inane and perverse, other times I thought him refreshingly honest and interesting. He sometimes impressed me with how patient and approachable he could be, even under attack. Whatever you could say about Howard (or Pat), he was definitely an interesting character and, although I suspect the world might be a safer place after his passing, it'll be a little less interesting.

Part of me will miss him.

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But I refuse to believe he died of a heart attack!
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:15 PM   #64 (permalink)
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I was on a forum once and one of the most well knkown members supposedly died. Turns out he was actually not dead, a pedofile exploiting the members on the site through photographs they posted of themselves(apparently he convinced a few to post some of themselves naked to him) he posed as a 26 year old something man, and pretended he was this model, so he used photos of some unkown model. We all believed him and trusted him as well, turns out he betrayed us. Thats the only death I have encountered on the internet and it wasn't even a death. So I guess..This is the first one.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #65 (permalink)
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I was on a forum once and one of the most well knkown members supposedly died. Turns out he was actually not dead, a pedofile exploiting the members on the site through photographs they posted of themselves(apparently he convinced a few to post some of themselves naked to him) he posed as a 26 year old something man, and pretended he was this model, so he used photos of some unkown model. We all believed him and trusted him as well, turns out he betrayed us. Thats the only death I have encountered on the internet and it wasn't even a death. So I guess..This is the first one.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:31 PM   #66 (permalink)
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You'd think he's come back and post in the 'God is in your mind' thread to let us know who was right.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #67 (permalink)
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He had a tough time on here sometimes.

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #68 (permalink)
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I'll remember him as Il Duce. Even after he changed his name to the (hilarious) moniker Howard the Duck, I'd see his posts show up in threads and, perhaps even affectionately, roll my eyes, knowing it was more than likely some inane, perverted, hilarious babble. "Just Duce again."

I'll miss that.

He was one of those larger than life characters who, whether met with approval or disdain, continued to be uncompromisingly himself. I've not met him in real life, but I'm sure he'd be the kind of person you'd never forget meeting.

Il Duce (or Howard the Duck) will live on as a persona. He's contributed to some classic threads, chiming in with his irreverent sense of humor, often punctuating heavy discourse with something wonderfully insipid.

To Patrick, the man behind the username, I wish a very heartfelt and sincere RIP. I'm not sure what his beliefs on the afterlife were.

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:33 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Who will I talk about bob Dylan with? I guess it's just me and you, chives.
We'll make new recruits for that thread eventually. We just have to trick them into posting in it...and then provoke them enough that they keep posting in it!

This is really the first experience I've had with a death from an internet community. You always know it's possible with anybody to die suddenly but with online people you just don't think about them going. It's not like you always think of them as real people, I mean sometimes but not all the time. Maybe I'm just bad like that, but hey. I feel bad that I liked him so much yet never really got to know him that well. Never talked to him in private or anything...I don't know if he would have wanted to, though. I still think he was a great guy.

I plan on throwing on some records tonight that he would have liked. The Hollies' Greatest Hits? Beefheart's Lick My Decals Off, Baby? That's what comes to mind.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:02 PM   #70 (permalink)
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I remember having a conversation with him concerning the band Enuff Z'Nuff. I used to like the single Fly High Michelle. And if I remember correctly, Howard's opinion was that Enuff Z'Nuff was one the best bands ever.

I admit, everytime I hear this particular song now, I will think of that damn Asian Guy. Thanks A Lot Howard!



Thought that I should share this with you guys. RIP Howard/Duce
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