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Autopsy Report

The Smoking Gun has published the autopsy report. Please note that this is an autopsy report, and as such contains explicit reference to things many of you may find upsetting.

I've thought long and hard about posting the link below, but what it has come down to is that I know visitors to this site are, for the most part, people who care greatly about David Foster Wallace and his works. I would also rather know that interested readers found this report after visiting here, and remembering that David Foster Wallace, from everything we've read, heard and know about him, was a good person. His life should not be defined by his final moments. I fear that wider reports about the link below will focus on the details of his last moments, rather than the insight with which he left us through his writing.

If anything, think about donating to the college trust fund DFW set up for his nieces. I can give you the address if you contact me directly (I have been asked not to post it directly on the site).

Autopsy report via The Smoking Gun



#1 Mercutia 2008-10-29 09:55
I've been following this website for a while and just no finally registered. Thank you for the work and care you've out into it and into DFW's memory.

I read the report and literally burst into tears when I got to the tattoo. I never met him and had no correspondence with him, but you'd have to be made of stone not to be sad reading that.
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#2 altovelo 2008-10-30 05:54
I cried and shivered and cried again. Something shattered painfully inside as I read the document.

But as the sadness lingers, I keep hearing an inner voice that recites to me e. e. cumming’s words, which bring David back to me again and again in all his distinctive sweetness; in a way they summarize the complex richness his art rendered his awed readers.

“nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing”

We love you, Dave. And do miss you.
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#3 Mericarl 2008-11-03 22:05
I found this devastating report elsewhere, still seeking for a truth that can helps in understanding 'why'. Why have we been left by him? I read it with high respect to him and at once reject for its toughness. After despairing I shredded it but found a new feeling. Dave will be in what we remember of him and in what he wanted to let us know.
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