It is with great distress that I have to tell you that Danescombe (real name Dave) died last night, on his 44th birthday at 11:15 p.m. Alison, his wife, was with him, she said it was very peaceful. She had been able to read the messages to him that many of you left on here for Dave.
If he had survived, he would have needed a heart transplant.
Only very special people die on their birthday, and we all know that Dave was very special.
If you wish to leave any messages, I will make sure that they also get to Alison....I'm sure it will bring her some comfort as she and her three young sons deal with this tragic news.
"From our orbital vantage point, we observe an earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence, and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace." Astronaut William C. McCool RIP, January 29, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia