Friday, June 05, 2009

Not a G'Day Down Under

Chris O'Brien was by all accounts a brilliant man. He was a cancer expert and one of Sydney's (and the world's) top brain cancer surgeons. Then, in a sick twist of irony, he himself contracted tumors of the most lethal type of brain cancer.

That was 2 and a half years ago and since that time, he underwent 5 major operations, wrote a best selling memoir, and secured the funding for a $150 million cancer at the Royal Prince Albert hospital where he not only worked, but where he starred as himself in a popular Australian reality show called RPA. With his family and Prime Minister Rudd at his side--Chris O'Brien died yesterday, and the sad news was featured on the front page of the Syndey Morning Herald.

Chris was also Bam Bam's brother-in-law. He was amazing and will be greatly missed. I had the great fortune to meet him several times and my sincerest condolences go out to his family, and to everyone he touched. He is being honored with a state funeral in Sydney. Bam Bam leaves this afternoon.

*not that there has been any proved connection between cell phones and brain cancer, but the incidence of this type of tumor has spiked in recent years, so for the doubt---use your earpiece.

5 comments:

AJ said...

|Jesse,

A glowing final tribute to a fine and great gentleman. Please extend to Bam Bam my profound condolences.

BearChub4U said...

Jesse,
That's one of the most beautiful postings I've ever seen you write. A beautiful tribute for a beautiful man. Cruel irony that the cancer won the battle, but he equipped his army before he left to hopefully finally win the war. I know ur busy with the movie, but BamBam needs you by his side. I hope you go with him to give him ur support. Love is more important than anything else.

Tony said...

Hey Jesse -

That form of brain cancer is bad shit, for sure.

A very good friend of mine was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) and died a couple of years ago after surviving almost two years, doing quite well for much of that time, as Chris O'Brien seems to have done.
I was just about to travel to see my friend one weekend when I learned that he'd gone. Even though I knew the ultimate prognosis, it was still a grievous blow, just like it must be for Bam.

Please convey deepest sympathy to Bam and his family.

Anonymous said...

DEAR JESSE...
I AM SENDING MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND KINDEST THOUGHTS TO BAM-BAM
AND YOU ON THE LOSS OF BAM'S BROTHER-IN-LAW. OBVIOUSLY AN INCREDIBLE
MAN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY.
MAY BANDS OF ANGELS SING HIS SOUL ONWARD!
OXOX
KIMOTHY

Brad said...

I am listening to the funeral on the radio now, just as I started reading this. Bizarre coincidence.
He was much loved here in Australia.