Joel Rosenberg, gun rights advocate, has died
|Joel Rosenberg passed away yesterday.|
This morning, his wife Felicia Herman posted an announcement on his website "Free Joel Rosenberg," which he created to chronicle his public spat with Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer.
Under the title, "Joel Rosenberg -- husband, father, mensch," she announced that he died yesterday at Hennepin County Medical Center. Today would have been their 32nd anniversary.
Rosenberg, a Winnipeg-native and the author of several science fiction and fantasy novels, got his start fighting for gun rights after he successfully scared off an intruder in his home with a .22-caliber handgun. After Gov. Pawlenty passed a conceal-and-carry law in 2003, Rosenberg began teaching classes on firearm use and permit rules, and wrote a book called "Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota."
|Rosenberg at one of his gun permit classes in 2008.|
Here's what his wife posted this morning, after Rosenberg suffered a heart attack on Wednesday:
On Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2011, Joel had a respiratory depression that caused a heart attack, anoxic brain damage and major organ failure. Despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and the team at Hennepin County Medical Center, Joel was pronounced brain dead at around 5:37pm Thursday June 2nd, In accordance with his wishes, he shared the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
He is survived by his daughters, Judith Eleanor and Rachel Hannah, and his wife, Felicia Herman. Today, June 3rd would have been his 32nd wedding anniversary.
Funeral arrangements are still in the works.
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