I saw this in a post on Fencing Net from Sam Signorelli, who got it, in turn, via an email blast from Michael D'Asaro. Passit it along just FYI...
"As some of you may know, Ed Richards is not doing well.
It all started at Summer Nationals where he was losing his balance and some hearing. After being admitted to a hospital, it was determined he had liquid on his brain. It was drained but came back. They installed a shunt so they could monitor and drain as needed.
He was on the mend and headed back to his home in Las Vegas with the help of Carla Mae.
He was recently admitted back into a hospital there and is currently not doing well. He is refusing food and water and it is not looking good. Carla Mae is staying with him and his son, Mark and daughter, Karen are going out to be with him.
I'll let you know what happens.
Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He was and still is one of the good ones. "
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: Update Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 06:35:54 -0800
Ed is now in hospice care at the nursing facility where he has been since midsummer. We had hoped he would recover when a shunt was placed in his head to drain off excess fluid buildup but it has not helped to the degree we thought. He has been bedridden in either hospitals or nursing facility since early July. He has lost considerable weight and muscle tone. He has had a good life and his time is drawing to a close. Sad as that is he would not want to continue as he is now.
My heart is heavy but I am glad I have been by his side and helped somehow. We have put his condo on the market and just hope to walk away free and clear. Market has been bad here in Las Vegas but improving somewhat.
I received the following email from Michael Mergens today...
It is with a heavy heart that I must tell all of you of the passing of Ed Richards. He passed away last evening with his family with him. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. According to Carla Mae, there will be no funeral or memorial service, but there will be something at Summer Nationals.
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