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John “Scarecrow” Chandley, RIP

2:10 pm in Uncategorized by Jane Hamsher

John Scarecrow ChandleyJohn Chandley’s son Christopher just called to say that John passed away last night.

As many in the community know, Scarecrow had been battling lung cancer for several months.

His children were with him when he passed. Christopher said “he loved you and he loved his work at Firedoglake.”

He was a brilliant writer and editor, a loyal friend and a deeply moral and committed soul. He will be terribly, terribly missed.

Update:  Perris had a great suggestion.  Please feel free to leave a commemorative link to your favorite posts from Scarecrow in the comments.

Here’s mine — when Scarecrow figured out what caused the Deep Horizon oil rig to blow a week before BP did.

Good Wishes for an Old Friend: Sending Our Love to Scarecrow

6:03 am in Uncategorized by Jane Hamsher

John Scarecrow Chandley

John "Scarecrow" Chandley

Our front page editor John Chandley, aka Scarecrow, has been around FDL since we opened the doors in 2004, and I can’t think of anyone who has been a more loyal friend to the community. His insights and his passion for justice have inspired all of us throughout the years.

People may have noticed that for several weeks now, I’ve been on front page editing duty in his place. What they didn’t know is that John was recently diagnosed with metastatic melanoma which has spread to his lungs and his brain.

John is in the hospital right now, waiting for Glaxo Smith Klein to approve him for the use of dabrafenib, just about the only known drug effective on treating his form of melanoma after it has spread to the brain, because it can cross the blood/brain barrier. I don’t want to get into how the thieves at Glaxo Smith Klein are charging thousands of dollars per month for a drug that was developed with NIH funding or that John has to be hospitalized to afford it even if he is approved, because I’ll just be shaking with rage and it will detract from the point of this post, which is to wish him the best for a speedy recovery.

John didn’t have WiFi access in the hospital so we bought him a wireless card yesterday and Phred and her husband delivered it to him in the hospital last night. So I know you can read this, Scarecrow.

Get better fast John.  We miss you and love you.