Aaron Purmort's 3-year-long battle with cancer ended Nov. 25. but his son's quest to "avenge his father's untimely death" has only begun.
Purmort knew his days were numbered so he sat down with his wife, Nora, to craft an obituary describing his unique and extraordinary life – as a husband, father, son, brother and... "Spiderman?"
"Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death."
Nora also wrote in her blog that she thought she was ready to say goodbye to Aaron. But the moment he was gone, she realized she wasn't so ready.
"I’m not ready for the big, empty space in our bed. I’m not ready to go to the Sleater-Kinney show without him. I’m not ready to watch The Walking Dead or to tell a bright, inquisitive toddler that his papa is in his heart, not in our bedroom sleeping," she writes.
"I’m not ready, but I learned how to reconnect our AppleTV. I changed the filter on our furnace and cleaned our dehumidifier. I booked a trip to Lutsen, Minnesota, our anniversary destination, even though he won’t be sitting beside me in the front seat, criticizing my music choices and my driving."
But Nora knows the absence of her late husband Aaron is now her life: "Ready or not, here it comes," she writes.
Ready or not is right. Just one week after Aaron's passing, filmmaker Anders Holine is promoting a new documentary following Aaron and Nora's journey. According to the show's Facebook page, the documentary is "still in production and filming is still taking place." No initial release date was given.
Nora's sister, Meghan Wilker, has created an online crowd-funding campaign where others can donate to help the family pay for Aaron's medical and funeral expenses. The campaign has so far generated nearly $115,000.
Editor's note: TheBlaze incorrectly reported in the original version of this story that the a&n documentary would air on the cable channel A&E. The documentary is being produced by filmmaker Anders Holine but has no connection to A&E.
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