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

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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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digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

What dimension is Posso in now?  what does it matter?  this means nothing

SosMpls
SosMpls

How sad. I never think suicide is the way out, just wait til tomorrow and you will probably change your mind.

That said: Don't judge til you have walked a mile in someone else's shoes. Peace out dude!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

"a graffiti artist who lost an arm in an accident that occurred while he was spray-painting a train as a teenager, "

Wow - you mean a person who was vandalizing someone elses property.   What a spin.

MontgomeryWord
MontgomeryWord

He was my brother and I loved him and I don't know how it came to this but if I've learned anything, it's that even the kindest of hearts with hundreds of friends needs real support. Love. To be checked up on. No matter how strong they seem. You have to ask them how they're doing. And tell them what they mean to you. I will never forget you, Posso, and I'm sorry this world didn't ever make it easy for you.

I'll see you on the flipside, fucker.

Xoxo.

erica318
erica318

I met Posso at the CC years ago, always had fun at the bar together and late nights afterbar.  I will never forget one of the sweetest things I have ever had another person do for me.... I'm a server, I would often wash my feet when I got home...from the bar, after work.  One night Posso offered to wash my feet.  We sat on the edge of my bathtub together, he took each foot, held it with one hand and washed it with the other, he was so sweet and so gentle.  Then we fed each other strawberries.  I miss you already Posso, I hope you are at peace.

BlackShipCrafts
BlackShipCrafts

@atrupar Thank you for taking the time to honor a true friend and kind heart, this story could easily have just slipped away...

Kris Raff
Kris Raff

I never knew of him, but what a sad story! I hope his family and friends can heal from his loss. May he rest in peace.

lostinskyway
lostinskyway

Why do this in such a public place? You took your own life, unfortunately, but you have also damaged the lives of those who were too close to where you shot yourself who may have heard the gunfire or actually saw you lose your life. Article said it was a secluded area of the skyway. It was not secluded to the hundreds and hundreds of people who walk through that part of the skyway from LaSalle Plaza Tower every day wishing to gain access to the skyway. Suicide is selfish way to end your life. Please reach out to anyone you know who may be suicidal or have suicidal tendencies. There is help available out there.

Bekuh Sibet
Bekuh Sibet

Posso dated my older sister for a period of time pre-hard drug use....he was a free spirit to say the least. I always admired his demeanor and his don't give a fuck attitude...really sad to hear he's no longer with us. I am beyond inspired by everyone that donated and reached the goal within two days....and was touched to see that Slug from Atmosphere even donated over $1,000 to his cause. Very inspiring. R.I.P Posso you will be missed by all

Obediah O'Connor
Obediah O'Connor

We were together the day the 35w bridge went down, watching the smoke. He got on his bike to ride down to see if there was anything he could do.

toucanhouse
toucanhouse

Suicide takes the lives of more adults than car accidents.  Please get help. 

And Friends get involved, take it seriously, listen, stay with, find professional help. Your friend or family member just can't see their way out of their pain - they don't want to die, they want to stop suffering.

I never knew Nate but he is a friend to both of my children and I heard many wonderful things about him and I know he was amazing. The lost of a person like Nate is a lose to the whole community.  So I send my love and support to all of you, his friends and family. 

Sarah Skarhus
Sarah Skarhus

Reading all the posts on Nathans wall made me tear up and I didn't even know him. Just goes to show how important it is to have an overabundance of love for yourself and those around you. R.I.P Nathan.

defrainey
defrainey

I didn't know Posso but I feel for him, I do know there are a lot of sad loved ones out there. Suicide is heavy on the heart. You were loved, safe journey guy....

Joe Sattler
Joe Sattler

I remember meeting Posso. He came knocking on my door at 1:30 one morning and said, "I was hanging out with your neighbor downstairs, but she fell asleep. I heard you guys being loud. Cool if I party with you for a while?" Posso crashed on our couches and crawled into our hearts. You will be missed.

Teri Polzin
Teri Polzin

I hope his pain is over and he is now at peace! :'(

Ari Rae Auerbach
Ari Rae Auerbach

Sounds like he was an amazing man. Many hugs and love to his family and friends.

Xander Moser
Xander Moser

Jodi, maybe they read the great memories that everyone has of Nathan, and liked the article. I did. I did not know him, but having lived in Uptown for three years, I'm sure I have seen him around. Sounds like Minneapolis lost a great friend.

lknox131
lknox131

Rip posso. I'm sorry to hear of this...my heart goes out to his family and friends. I didn't know him really well...but what I did know of him He was a good guy.

BabyBreeze
BabyBreeze

This means U will be the first multi-dimensional NutLicker....... PS

LickNuts

really
really

@erica318 He did the same thing for me. Except it was my balls. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

jesus christ, nice name dropping...touched to see that Slug touches you

byrnenicole
byrnenicole

As soon as I read this I figured out you must live in my old apartment. :) he sounds like he will be missed my many and remembered well. RIP Posso...

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

I always speed read through the articles.   The comments are the best!

lostinskyway
lostinskyway

@Southside @lostinskyway I didn't say he was selfish just that the act of suicide was selfish. The situation is not hard for me to comprehend as I have known people who have committed suicide. Just also keeping the people who were directly affected by this suicide (location-wise) in my thoughts as this will affect them for a long, long time. That's why I asked "why such a public place?" His friends and family also are in my thoughts. Too bad somebody didn't get him help or realize he needed help. It is sad all around for EVERYBODY involved.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You need a puppy

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@allyourbasearebelong @midwestexplorer81  


we care enough to comment because the theme of expressing condolences on the web is fucking stupid 


"so sad"

"so tragic" 

"rip"

" thoughts with his family" 


this is digital narcissism, really boring stuff.


so some one armed white junkie killed himself in the public skyway... so what?



this entire article is ridiculous.  

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