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Over the weekend, my longtime friend and former boss-slash-co-conspirator Bill Brent jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. I got the news late last night.

The best way I can describe how I am right now is "seriously thrown for a loop." I knew he was struggling with depression and chronic pain, but we were in contact as recently as Friday night, moving forward with plans that, sooner or later, I am going to have to tell hundreds of people are now up in the air.

Bill had an enormous impact on the course of my life, in so many ways. His friendship was formative. He was incredibly generous and sweet. Also sarcastic and cynical and all that good stuff. I've often said that he was the best boss I ever had.

This space is probably going to be intermittently occupied with rambling reminiscences for a while.

Last night I dreamed, all night, that it was all a mistake, that there had been a misunderstanding and he had turned up back in Sonoma or something. Stupid brain.


omg Lori - I'm so so so incredibly sorry. There aren't even words. xoxo

I am so very sorry. I wish there were words.
I am so, so sorry, Lori.
I knew Bill twenty years ago. A sweet, funny guy doing great stuff. I'm so, so sorry to hear this news, and so, so sorry for your loss.
omg. I heard from Patti earlier today that he had passed but I just found out about this now. How sad. He was a major influence on my life (not as major as yours, to be sure) as well and I agree with everything you said about him. My condolences and thanks for letting us know.
I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
I'm very sorry. *hug*
So sorry Lori....
So hard. I'm so sorry.
Im so sorry for your loss. *hugs*
Oh hell, I'm really sorry.
I am so very sorry.
Sending good thoughts to you. I'm sorry about your friend.
such a shock. what a loss. I'm so sorry to hear it.
I'm so sorry, what a shock.
I'm so very sorry, Lori.