I have to be the bearer of bad news. I am very sorry. I tried to contact those people who I thought should be told personally, however that was not possible in a timely fashion. For those of you who are hearing about this now, please know that I am sorry I could not let you know personally.

Hermetic, a noder among us, well loved and active in the community, died this morning, September 10, 2001, at age 26.

Details beyond this may or may not be made public information, depending upon the wishes of the family.

I'm sorry to give out so little information, but this happened only a matter of hours ago. Today is a heartbreaking day. I know many people will have many questions about this, and I am willing to share what I know with those who knew him. Please understand, however, that I am grieving also. For now, it is best to e-mail me, ophie@slack.net.

Peace and love be with him.