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A still from the "a&n" Documentary trailer (YouTube)

A still from the “a&n” Documentary trailer (YouTube)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PIX11) — After suffering with terminal cancer for years, a husband received help from his loving wife to write a hilarious, bittersweet obituary.

Aaron Joseph Purmort was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, and lost his battle last week.

“It wasn’t a war or a fight. Those things have rules,” his wife Nora wrote on her blog. “This was more like Aaron getting in the ring with the Mohammed Ali of cancers, and smiling for round after round after he got his teeth knocked out and his face rearranged.”

The couple sat down together to write his obituary.

“I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting,” Nora said of the process.

Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death. A service will be held on December 3, 2014 at Shelter Studios, 721 Harding St. NE, Mpls 55413 at 6 pm.

Purmort’s and his family’s story will be told in an A&E Documentary called “a&n”.

Nora’s sister set up a crowdsourced donation fund and has raised more than $107,000 as of Monday afternoon.


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