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News Fri Jul 17 2009

RIP Thax, well, not quite

Chicago poet and music lover Thax Douglas died this morning, according to a post on his Facebook profile by his dad. The post reads: "This is Thax's Dad. Thax passed away this morning at about 10am. I know he loved the many friends he had in Chicago and I ask that you pray for him this evening."

A dynamic bushy-bearded figure, one always knew it was a real Chicago show if Thax moseyed up to the mic to read a poem before the band went on. Read our 2006 interview with Thax here. More details hopefully to come.

Update: Tributes are starting:

Update: Not dead? Sick joke?
There is some conjecture about the death of Thax being untrue. Apparently a poem was published to his MySpace page more than two hours after the Facebook post claims he died. Also, the Chicago coroner has no record of his death today, according to WBEZ. More to come.

Update: The Decider has talked with the real father of Thax Douglas III, who definitely did not make the Facebook post. Still waiting to hear word from the man himself.

Final update: Thax is alive and well. He posted to his Facebook account this morning. It's believed his account was hacked yesterday when the fake death notice went out.

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Michelle Meywes / July 17, 2009 2:57 PM

:( And right before Pitchfork. He will be missed this weekend.

jp / July 17, 2009 3:45 PM

Should probably take off the headline from the front page until there's a more reliable source on this.

CJ Laity / July 17, 2009 3:54 PM

Well a myspace time can simply be wrong, recording a different time zone. But his father says he didn't make the post. What is going on here?

T.C. O'Rourke / July 17, 2009 5:45 PM

Seriously: WTF?

You need to change the heading & details on this story.

bean / July 18, 2009 11:51 AM

A few years back I got a similar message from someone I had been exchanging e-correspondence with for a few months. "This is '...''s dad..." It turned out to be a total scam. Sickos

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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