R.I.P. buddha_david

I am buddha_david’s brother, and I have sad news to share. He passed away two weeks ago, less than one month before his 51st birthday. He had been sharing his ordeal with you in this thread.

The side effects to his breathing that he described in his last post to this thread unfortunately got worse, to the point that he couldn’t sit up in his bed without taking several minutes to catch his breath. When he had his appointment with his oncologist on June 20, his blood oxygen level was so low that he was immediately sent to the emergency room.

In spite of all their efforts, his condition worsened and was moved to ICU on June 29, where he was put on a respirator, and while that managed to keep him alive, his lungs essentially stopped working on their own. His condition was bad enough that even if a miracle happened and they could get him to be able to breathe on his own again, they wouldn’t be able to continue with the chemotherapy, and the cancer would come back. His mother, father and I were with him on July 11 when he was taken off the respirator and passed away peacefully.

Throughout this ordeal we had been optimistic that he would pull though, and even when he went to the ICU we were given updates from the nursing staff rather than the doctors, so we were told of positive effects of their efforts and told about small signs of improvement, so the full gravity of his situation didn’t hit until July 9 when we learned from his doctor that they didn’t expect him to survive. When my mother and I were there on his last day, his pulmonologist told us that he has seen others with his condition several times before, and every one of them had met the same end.

He and I shared a love of music and gaming, and in many ways was my best friend. He had turned me on to The Straight Dope over 15 years ago, so this message board will always remind me of him. Many thanks to all of you for making this a place where he had enjoyed for so many years.

Jesus. That sucks. Take it from me, someone with a high probability of facing my own end within a year or so’s time due to liver disease, the end sucks for everyone. You and your family have my utmost sympathies.

RIP David. We’ll miss you. Damn, another Doper gone.

He put up a good, hard fight. So sorry it ended this way. Many hugs to you and yours.


I am sorry for your loss and the board members who knew him well. Too bad.

I’m so sorry for your loss, Dahnlor. I always enjoyed his posts. He’ll be missed.

Well, damn.

I’m sorry for your loss, and your family’s, and this board’s.

My sympathies. It’s so hard to watch a loved-one suffer. May your family find peace.

Thanks for letting us know. You can post once in a while, too.


Very sorry to read this. My condolences.

Oh geez, so sorry to hear this.

RIP David.

I’m sorry for your loss, Dahnlor; my condolences to you and to the rest of **buddha_david[/v]'s family and friends.


My sincerest condolences to you and yours. We will greatly miss his voice.

Thank you for letting us know. I’ve been wondering what was going on.

My condolences to you and your family. He will be missed.

That’s very sad… :frowning: My condolences.

I will always remember him as one of the most active (and humorous) participants in the “Count to Infinity in Pictures” thread.

My, condolences, Dahnlor.

Sincere condolences.

Sorry for your loss.

R.I.P David.

I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss. That’s way too young. :frowning:

My deepest condolences to you, your family, and friends.

I’m really sorry to hear this. He seemed a decent sort. I never know what to say - but you have my condolences.


He was one of the good guys.