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RixFire

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My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.  I cannot believe this, i just found out today after being away for quiet some time.  God Bless everyone.  Peace be with you.

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So, is there any word out on how Z died? I hate to say I'm curious, but I really am. I've been looking around and I can't really find anything on it.
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Don't hate curiosity mate; no need to feel guilty about it.  I am curious too.
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Can we hope that it was something cool like having partied with 3 ladies and drinking to excess he had reached that point where he could die happily?

Oh oh...or even better....he was really still "in" the Army but in a special zombie killa unit and actually died while on mission. Yeah...that's how it should be.

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I prefer to think that he died the way he lived. as his own person.

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He was a BAMF fosho.

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As long as we keep him alive through our respect for his work, and our appreciation for his friendship, then he isn't dead.


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I picture this (Purely FICTION):

Z was a man who liked his time alone and away.  He kept himself isolated for the most part.  He never really left the Army, but rather was a soldier 'in waiting' (like dillo suggested)

When PFC Z was first approached about the idea of being a 'stay at home' soldier who had to use his cunning and discipline to keep himself in shape on his own time he was estatic.  When they told him his duty and he started training for it he was MORE than estatic.

See Z was no ordinary soldier, he was a zombie killer!  'Stay at home and when an outbreak hits we will call you.  STAY SHARP!'  They told him and he did for the most part, but on his last hiatus he didnt train as much as he should have and ONE little slip up in his latest mission and .....

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Just edited my post. I didn't read everyone else's comments on the first page, so I apologize for asking what happened after other people went through the motions and said not to ask. That was pretty retarded of me.


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it sucks he had to go, he has been the only author to grab my attention in a book.
peace be to him as he lay in eternal slumber,
sweet memories granted to his family and loved ones, always remember the good and forget the bad.
as for his battle buddies in the army, and all that remember him everywhere, shout a load and thunderous "HOAAH!!!!" when you think about him and never forget the amazing author, soldier, and person he is, and always will be.

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I strongly disagree with the idea of not asking how he died.  By refusing to disclose the cause of death, you invite speculation.  The information available by googling "Zachary Recht", involving his "visit" to a medical office, leads to a very specific, though presumed, possibility.  By not contradicting this theory with another, official cause of death, those who knew Z (and know how he died) give tacit approval to the presumed possible cause.  It may be sad, and hard for the family to bear, but that doesn't mean the truth should be hidden from his fans and admirers.  With all respect and condolences to his grieving family, this isn't about their wishes, it is about Z.  Would Zach have wanted his fans to be left to come to their own conclusions as to how he died?  I didn't know him, but my guess is he was laid back enough that he'd say he didn't care who knew how he died. 

The fact is, young men with no major health problems don't generally die suddenly for no reason.  It is natural to wonder why such a person should have passed away, and this is not a sign of disrespect to the deceased or his family.  The simplest way to derail speculation is to reveal the truth.  If Z's medical office encounter does indeed provide a hint at how he passed away, it would be best for all involved - including his family and friends - if this were acknowledged.  Speculation would cease, and everyone could accept the facts and move on with the grieving process.  In any case, the existence of this forum proves that the fans and the general public care far more about how he spent his life than how that life ended.

Important addendum:  This does not mean I think people should be asking his family about his death.  They do deserve their peace and respect.  I just think it is OK to ask in general, and I believe the family would be better off if they simply informed the fans once and for all and were done with it.  This is THEIR decision, though, and it is not up to us to try to goad them into anything.
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Bold words for a new guy. Welcome to the Platoon, mate.
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Bold words for a new guy. Welcome to the Platoon, mate.

He does at that.  You have to admire his mindset, though.  New and having thoughts of his own, no regard for the status quo here.  It's quite a trip, as we haven't had one in a long while.

Goddamn, good to have him.

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Thank you, sirs.  An abiding love for zombies can conquer all boundaries, can it not?

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That it can, and so it has. 
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Speculate all you want. I don't like that you brought up that little tidbit of info, especially when you're preaching that the family withholding any details is leading to speculation. You bringing that up is doing the exact same thing...

I'm not saying that to be mean, I just don't think it needed to be brought up, especially in someone's second post on the forum, but freedom of speech and all that jazz. I think most people here have moved on, without knowing. Not saying there isn't a trace of curiosity still, but eventually you start to focus on his life more than his death.

edit: I want to say again, I'm not saying any of the above with malice or anything, and the last thing I want to do is turn this topic into an e-war.


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I think everyone knows how young Zach died.  Lets drop it already and celebrate his legacy by reading his books and remembering our wonderful internet conversations we had with him.  I still have my private messages from him that I read from time to time.  When I die I hope to meet him and have long conversations with him.
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fatbrett2,

In the end we are all born alone and we die alone. The manner of our passing does not diminish our individual worth or the quality of our work.

Speculate all you want, but please do not do it on this forum.  Please respect the wishes of Zach's family and friends.  And please do not presume to know what Zach would have wanted done under the circumstances.

Above all, the people here loved Zach and respected his work.  Please join us in respecting his, and his family's, privacy

Sincerely,
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"Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one." - Martin Heidegger
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Nice one Joe!


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In the end we are all born alone and we die alone. The manner of our passing does not diminish our individual worth or the quality of our work.

Speculate all you want, but please do not do it on this forum.  Please respect the wishes of Zach's family and friends.  And please do not presume to know what Zach would have wanted done under the circumstances.

Above all, the people here loved Zach and respected his work.  Please join us in respecting his, and his family's, privacy

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Nicely put guys

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i didn't say it was ok to speculate. i said it is silly to say 'don't ask'. it is natural to ask, upon hearing of a young person's death, to ask, 'how did it happen?'.  the answers are up to whoever knows, but the question itself is so obvious that it is the automatic response any human being would have.  there is no need to make people feel guilty for having the natural, empathetic reaction we all have to this kind of news.


and won't the third book be, in itself, a presumption to know what Zach would have wanted?  i'd like to think, when i finally get to read it, that it will be more or less what he would have wanted.
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