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2012-11-13 11:45:15 AM
I met him back in 2002 in San Jose. He seemed like a nice guy. Pretty damn weird, but nice.
 
2012-11-13 11:45:18 AM

sagiphile: Did he live in Tonopah?
That could be a contributing factor to mental instability and the root cause of death.


Wikipedia lists his hometown as Tonopah. Living full-time in Tonopah? Certainly not for me though I'm sure a select few enjoy it.
 
2012-11-13 11:45:43 AM
That might have been one of the worst-written things I've ever read.

Tygra deserved better.

Thundercats - Ho!
 
2012-11-13 11:45:50 AM
Done in two.
 
2012-11-13 11:46:53 AM
farm4.staticflickr.com
Stunned to hear this. 
/RIP Cat-Man.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:04 AM

Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?


*citation needed*
 
2012-11-13 11:47:26 AM

lostcat: Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?

Yeah, that's some terrible writing.

I re-read this about four times trying to figure out what noun "Native American" was describing. The I realized there wasn't one:

"...some knew him as the oddity who went by the name of his Native American, Stalking Cat,.."




Clearly he was the owner of a Native American named Stalking Cat. One day, in his prowness, he stole the name.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:27 AM

lostcat: Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?

Yeah, that's some terrible writing.

I re-read this about four times trying to figure out what noun "Native American" was describing. The I realized there wasn't one:

"...some knew him as the oddity who went by the name of his Native American, Stalking Cat,.."


And the sacred Huron totem: the tiger...

Clicked on the "author's" bio - it seems she learned how to write in cosmetology school. That explains a lot.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:33 AM
gretachristina.typepad.comt

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:36 AM

Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?


Okay. Okay. Relax we get that you refute the existence of a soul, etc. Nobody cares. You're giving the rest of us atheists a bad name.

This the sad story of a dead kitty. I haz sad.

This should have been on Caturday.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:53 AM

Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?


It's the opposite of "sternness?"
 
2012-11-13 11:48:33 AM
What a waste of money.
 
2012-11-13 11:48:44 AM
I know about.com is the go-to site for news, but:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking_Cat

Link

Avner died on November 5, 2012.[1][7][8] No cause of death has been officially given.
 
2012-11-13 11:49:54 AM
pussy
 
2012-11-13 11:50:18 AM

Billy Bathsalt: Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?

It's the opposite of "sternness?"


Aye, matey, that be the stuff. And his "athwartness" in-betwixed, Arrrrr!
 
2012-11-13 11:50:52 AM
By the way, Dennis Avner is a wimp.

This is me at my gramma's indoctrination into the quilting hall of fame in Meskaluka Michigan.

static.stuff.co.nz
 
2012-11-13 11:51:13 AM

Sandinista81: Im still wondering how tigers became a totem animal in North America?


Me too.

Everyone know tigers are from Africa.

i125.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 11:51:59 AM
It only took him twice as long to join the "27 Club"

And they are:

27) Amy Winehouse - Many young people desire fame having no idea what it truly entails. Once there, they will do anything to avoid its pressures. Throw in the illness of addiction and you've got a staggering, slurring Molotov cocktail waiting to explode.

26) Les Harvey - Harvey was the co-founding guitarist for Stone The Crows and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band, the Blues Council, and the Scottish group Cartoone, who opened for Led Zeppelin. He was electrocuted by an ungrounded microphone.

25) Sean McCabe - Lead singer for the alternative rock band Ink And Dagger, McCabe pulled a John Bonham/Bon Scott and choked to death on his own vomit.

24) Helmut Kollen - Bassist and singer for German progressive rock band Triumvirat, Kollen died from carbon monoxide poisoning while listening to studio mixes in his car while running the engine with the garage door shut. Especially odd, since Kollen was an auto mechanic and race car driver.

23) Roger Durham - Percussionist for American R&B group Bloodstone, Durham fell off a horse.

22) Jesse Belvin - Belvin was an American R&B singer who wrote the classic tunes "Earth Angel" and "Goodnight My Love." He was killed in a head-on collision in the ironically named Hope, Arkansas.

21) Gary Thain - Bassist for the Keef Hartley Band and Uriah Heep, Thain died of a heroin overdose.

20) Richey Edwards - The rhythm guitar player for the Manic Street Preachers is said to have committed suicide, though not everyone agrees. He has been missing since 1995.

19) Malcolm Hale - Lead guitarist and trombonist for Spanky & Our Gang, whose hits included "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day," Hale died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a crappy space heater.

18) Bryan Ottoson - Guitarist for American Head Charge, Ottoson died from an accidental prescription drug overdose.

17) Mia Zappata - Singer for the Gits, Zappata was raped, beaten, and strangled to death. Her assailant was convicted and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

16) Kristen Pfaff - Pfaff became the bassist for Hole in 1993 and died from a heroin overdose in 1994.

15) Jeremy Michael Ward - The "sound technician" and "vocal operator" for the Mars Volta and the dub group De Facto, Ward died of a heroin overdose.

14) Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson - The singer, guitarist, and harmonica player for the blues band Canned Heat, Wilson sang that "Going Up The Country" song and died of a drug overdose, though the two are not linked. Many suppose it was suicide.

13) Pete de Freitas - Replacing the drum machine, de Freitas became Echo & The Bunnymen's first drummer. He died in 1989 in a motorcycle accident.

12) Jean-Michel Basquiat - A member of the noise-rock band Gray, Basquiat went on to appear in the video for Blondie's "Rapture" and to briefly date Madonna. He was also a successful modern painter who died of a heroin overdose at his art studio.

11) Pete Ham - Depressed over being screwed out of the money he earned as a member of Badfinger, guitarist Pete Ham hanged himself in 1975. His bandmate, Tom Evans, also depressed over missing money, followed suit and hanged himself in 1983.

10) Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Keyboardist and founding member of the Grateful Dead, McKernan died of a stomach hemorrhage caused by years of heavy drinking. He had left the band the previous year.

9) Dave Alexander - The original bassist for the Stooges, Alexander died of pulmonary edema after being admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis brought on from years of drinking. Mike Watt of the Minutemen replaced him in the reformed Stooges.

8) D. Boon - A broken neck killed the singer-guitarist-songwriter for the Minutemen when the van he was sleeping in ran off the road. The band disbanded immediately.

7) Chris Bell - The guitarist for the legendary cult-pop-rock band Big Star had left the group and struggled to begin a recording career. He worked in his father's restaurant. His car struck a pole and killed him instantly.

6) Jim Morrison - Is he really dead? He was "allegedly" found dead in a bathtub in Paris. Listed cause of death was heart failure, but others have suggested otherwise.

5) Brian Jones - "Death By Misadventure," aka he drowned in a swimming pool. Others say it was a conspiracy and he was left to die in the pool.

4) Kurt Cobain - Shot by his own gun. Cobain killed himself after battling heroin addiction and not feeling it like Freddie Mercury.

3) Robert Johnson - Legendary bluesman who inspired British boys to play blues. The legend says he was poisoned by a jealous husband.

2) Janis Joplin - Said to be a heroin overdose. Joplin was also noted for downing staggering amounts of alcohol.

1) Jimi Hendrix - Hendrix choked on his own vomit while being brought to the hospital to be saved from a mix of drugs and alcohol.
 
2012-11-13 11:52:04 AM

Chuck Ruffcorn: Furries. Weird.


I bet the tiger was on the horse--a furry with the syringe on top, if you will.
 
2012-11-13 11:52:18 AM
Backyard burial?
 
2012-11-13 11:52:44 AM

Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?


It's a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2012-11-13 11:53:13 AM

Raug the Dwarf: Just kind of goes to show you that people into this extreme body modification aren't the most mentally stable people to begin with. No amount of needles or holes in your body will ever fill the void in your soul. Usually, people figure that out. Some of them, like this guy, never do.

Sad, sure. But you can't say you didn't see it coming.


This right here.
 
2012-11-13 11:53:18 AM
Why is this tagged sad? He is released from all of lifes bullshiat and obviously is what he wanted....
 
2012-11-13 11:53:21 AM

stir22: Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way1 - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?

*citation needed*



[1] every reliable human death observational report from all time
 
2012-11-13 11:53:52 AM
Tigers don't go out on rainy nights,
They've no need to wet their appetites.
 
2012-11-13 11:53:58 AM

topcon: I know about.com is the go-to site for news, but:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking_Cat

Link

Avner died on November 5, 2012.[1][7][8] No cause of death has been officially given.


Yeah, that's exactly what the linked article said too.
 
2012-11-13 11:53:59 AM

Marshall Willenholly: All of you who are making fun of him, enjoy the fact that you are sane and don't have a serious mental condition.


Whoa, whoa, wait. Back up.
 
2012-11-13 11:54:08 AM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Meskaluka Michigan


What do you keep in your tapey-tube?
 
2012-11-13 11:55:42 AM
Is he going to be buried in the pet cemetary?
 
2012-11-13 11:56:15 AM
This guy gives morons a bad name. His friends and family for not stepping in and doing something when he first started down the path to crazy are complete and total asshats.
 
2012-11-13 11:56:29 AM
i45.tinypic.com

R.I.P. Tiger-Man
 
2012-11-13 11:56:56 AM
Did it take nine attempts?
 
2012-11-13 11:57:16 AM
Poor dude. He was already screwed up when he started all this body mod stuff, and things only got worse for him i guess

Last time I heard about him it was a report that some medical problems had caused him to grow breasts.

Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?


I bet you're the kind of person who proselytize atheism at funerals.

Fundamentalist atheists like you, who feel the need to push your beliefs on others when there is absolutely no reason to do so is why I am now a militant agnostic. You are just as bad as all the other religious fundamentalists.

/I don't know and you don't know either.
 
2012-11-13 11:57:29 AM

Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?


Oh f*ckin' right, you finally found definitive proof? Please share!! It's a question that's been plaguing civilization for centuries, lay it on us, man!!!
 
2012-11-13 11:57:35 AM

Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?


Prove it.
 
2012-11-13 11:58:04 AM

CapeFearCadaver: That is sad. It's always been sad, but it's even sadder now.

/sad


Sad? Why?
Idiot. Stupid, Moronic. A sign of severe mental illness. I'll give you all of those but not 'sad'; he did what he wanted to do with his body and as we ALL know here are at Fark that personal freedom is the most important freedom there is.

He was definitely a farking loser, too.
The gene pool is one drop cleaner now.
 
2012-11-13 11:58:28 AM

Mishno: WTF is "prowness"?


I believe that "prowness" is being exhibited by these happy sailors:

www.pegasusvoyages.org
 
2012-11-13 11:59:41 AM
Good Bye Kitty.
 
2012-11-13 11:59:51 AM
he murdered himself long before now.
 
2012-11-13 11:59:55 AM
Just to rile everyone up;

There's a noted correlation between depression and suicide, and those who end up performing significant body modification (including a great body of work relating to transgender individuals). You might think that it makes sense, that feeling like you're in the wrong body would be depressing and that once you get the 'right one' you'll be happy - but that's not true. Even after receiving the modifications, these folk are still depressed and have a much higher chance of suicide! This is not a minority either, but a majority of folks.

So, the snarky folks saying, "Gee, he had issues, who woulda thunk it," may be right in the general sense. If we actually want to help these people to be happy, I can't think of any way to do so without being a fascist about it: doctors treat anyone who asks for significant body modifications as suicidal-depressive until they get sign off from a psychologist that says otherwise.

Or, you know, let them do what they want, knowing that they'll likely be miserable, and at least attempt to off themselves, if not succeed.
 
2012-11-13 12:00:00 PM

douchebag/hater: Sad? Why?
Idiot. Stupid, Moronic. A sign of severe mental illness. I'll give you all of those but not 'sad'; he did what he wanted to do with his body and as we ALL know here are at Fark that personal freedom is the most important freedom there is.



It's sad because he was doing what he wanted. Something so few humans get to do in their lives.

Now he's dead.
 
2012-11-13 12:00:25 PM

kvinesknows: This guy gives morons a bad name. His friends and family for not stepping in and doing something when he first started down the path to crazy are complete and total asshats.


Perhaps he started down this path to keep them away. Some people are natural hermits. Maybe he was one step beyond that and was a misanthrope who simply didn't want to be human any longer. We humans tend not to tread one another very well. Who knows. Unless he left some kind of letter stating his reasons we'll be left in the dark.
 
2012-11-13 12:01:51 PM
There are no Mondays where you're going, ol' buddy, and the lasagna's always free.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:12 PM
His soul belongs to Hircine now.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:25 PM
Newsflash: People who do stuff like this are not well.

That's not being judgmental, that's an appeal to society to stop overlooking stuff like this in the name of "acceptance," and get these people the help they need.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:38 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Yeah... I can't even be snarky about this

/this guy had some serious issues

The only issues he had was the limits of science prevented him from fully transforming into a tiger. The half-measures weren't endurable anymore.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:59 PM

fluffy2097: Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?

I bet you're the kind of person who proselytize atheism at funerals.


I think his point is not that there's nothing beyond, but that the concept of finding peace through self-destruction just isn't how peace works. Suicide is founded in violence and hatred against onesself. It doesn't bring peace.

I know we all say things like "found peace" to make ourselves feel better about the person who committed suidice, but the sad fact of suicide is that there's no violence more inwardly hateful.

Which makes it even sadder.

/at least that's the way I'm reading Elzar's post
 
2012-11-13 12:03:52 PM

thrasherrr: stir22: Elzar: MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//hope he finally found peace

Death does not work that way1 - you exist until you don't - no peace to factor in, your consciousness simply no longer exists. Unless you are saying there is something peaceful about suicide?

*citation needed*


[1] every reliable human death observational report from all time


you mean that people die, see that there is nothing after this life, and come and report this to you?
 
2012-11-13 12:04:10 PM
From what I've read, the guy was a total nutcase AND A dumbass.

He wanted to buy a bunch of vintage tiger skin pelts so he could have his human skin removed and have the pelts grafted on in replacement.

24.media.tumblr.com

1. You can't make preserved dead skin into live tissue again.

2. Old vintage pelts & rugs were treated with various nasty chemicals, like mercury. Had he actually tried to do this with his quack of a doctor, the results would have been painfully gruesome.

In short, the guy was a total mental case with a fetish for self mutilation, a la Karl Kroenen.

"On November 5th 2012, Dennis Avner was confirmed dead at 54. His body is being held in Tonopah and his cause of death is speculated to be suicide. "

Can you imagine the sheer temptation there must be for the morgue staff to post photos on the Internet of this guy on the slab? And just imagine what his autopsy report would read like (you know what to do, Smoking Gun).

This guy's carcass should be sent to the Mütter Museum.
 
2012-11-13 12:04:35 PM
Some days, Fark really surprises me and restores my faith in humanity a little by showing me the kindness, charity and compassion random strangers can show each other.

Most days, though, there are threads like this. I don't mean everyone in it, just some of you. So farking what if he was a weirdo. He didn't seem to be hurting anyone. It's not like he was out taking bailout money and buying new banks with money he should have been giving out to people who could use it, or treating people like second class citizens just because of who they love.

Yeah, yeah I know. Welcome to fark.

From one furry weirdo to another, RIP Stalking Cat
 
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