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Man reveals true identity in obituary, instructs son to ‘avenge his death’

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –  Aaron Joseph Purmort knew that he didn’t have long to live when he sat down with his wife to write his own obituary.  His wife No...
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN –  Aaron Joseph Purmort knew that he didn’t have long to live when he sat down with his wife to write his own obituary.  His wife Nora wrote in her blog, “I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting.”

The couple somehow managed to keep their humor intact as they crafted his final words to the world:

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Purmort was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, and after years of fighting he lost his battle last week.  Nora described it as, “It wasn’t a war or a fight. Those things have rules. 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.”

His wife calls her blog “My Husband’s Tumor,” but assures readers, “It’s not a cancer story, it’s a love story. With some cancer.”

The Purmorts’ story will be told as part of an A&E documentary.

Nora’s sister has also set up a crowdfunding page online for donations to help with Aaron’s medical and funeral expenses.  So far they have raised more than $100,000.