Nathan Posso identified as man who killed himself in LaSalle Plaza, remembered by friends

Nathan Posso
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 32-year-old Nathan Posso was the man who killed himself in downtown Minneapolis's LaSalle Plaza last Thursday morning.

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A memorial service for Posso featuring a potluck is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at the VFW in Uptown.

A longtime friend of Posso's, Mae Devitt, described Nathan's death as "a huge loss for Minneapolis," adding that Posso, a graffiti artist who lost an arm in an accident that occurred while he was spray-painting a train as a teenager, was friends with many in the Uptown and West Bank areas of the city.

"He never was a disabled person -- he had a tall bike that only had one handle on it," Devitt said. "He rocked it, and he was wild, and it was beautiful to see."

"He could kick anybody's ass with one arm," Devitt added, a smile perceptible in her voice.

Another longtime friend, Forrest Wozniak, said Posso will be remembered as "the original social network."

"He kept us all together as so many of us wandered away and became relegated to the boring obligations of adulthood," Wozniak said, adding that Posso will also be remembered for the affection he showed his friends' children.

"A lot of beautiful strong women with children who knew him, if they had to pick a word for Posso, it'd be 'Uncle,'" Wozniak said. "I think that's more important to point out than his love of graffiti or beer. There's a whole slideshow that's being put together [for the memorial] of him just holding friends' babies."

Another friend, Carissa Coudray, said Posso's "thing" was "taking care of his friends."

"He would show up at someone's house with cheeseburgers -- to feed their dogs, not people," Coudray said. "He just cared about being good to his friends and being around his friends and helping people out, and contributing something always."

Devitt said Posso's friends threw a party in his honor last night. She was particularly moved by one attendee, who, alluding to Posso's suicide, said, "No man is free if he can't open the door to his own cage."

"That's what he did," Devitt said, adding that Posso struggled with alcohol and heroin addiction for the past five years or so. "He went out on his own terms. He didn't want addiction attached to his name."

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