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  • RIP Ghent

    Forwarded from Priest. Ghent, for those that don't know him, was one of the core staff members of Defcon.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of a very
    dear friend and brother.

    Ghent aka Branden Hancock died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle

    At approximately 4 pm PST Sunday the 26th on the way back down to Los
    Angeles from Santa Barbara and in the company of two good friends,
    Hollywood and War God, he entered into a turn on a local highway and
    drifted into the dirt turn off at the side of the road. He attempted to
    break and bank back onto the road but was unable to bleed off enough
    speed to prevent a loss of control that ended with the bike and himself
    going off the road and over the embankment. He fell twenty feet and landed
    face down on several large bolders. When Hollywood and War God reached him
    he was not breathing and had no pulse. CPR was performed for 25 minutes by
    both Hollywood and EMS personnel. At that point EMS declared him dead at
    the scene. At this time the actual cause of death is not known but it is
    believed based on the trauma observed that death was instant and that he
    did not suffer.

    He is survived by his mother and younger sister.

    Ghent was 26 years old.

    At present the family is still working out the details and a subsequent
    message will follow regarding services. I am acting as the point of
    contact and will pass any messages to the family on and will answer any
    questions I can. Messages can be sent to condolences {at} 23 _dot_ org.

    Ghent passed with friends and doing something he loved.

    Last edited by noid; October 27, 2003, 10:53.

    I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

  • #2
    I tried to compose something five or six times to express how sad I am to hear about this but failed miserably every time.

    I'll just keep it simple. Ghent was a great guy and I will miss him. This is horrible news. I will keep his family and friends in my thoughts.
    perl -e 'print pack(c5, (41*2), sqrt(7056), (unpack(c,H)-2), oct(115), 10)'


    • #3
      it took me over an hour and a half to come up with this...

      i don't know what else to say honestly. many of us have lost a dear friend.


      • #4
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        • #5
          The past several years I've had friends go down on bikes. Sometimes nary a scratch, sometimes significant hostpital time.

          13 months ago, a friend almost died from injuries and bleeding out if it were not for a miracle of coincidences.

          A few months ago a friend died.

          Yesterday, another.

          We all know the risks before we strap our leathers on.

          But it doesn't make it any easier.

          Ghent, you'll be missed.


          • #6
            Just as most of you have had a hard time responding to this news, I too have spent the last three hours not being able to do much but sit here and think. I’m still having a hard time accepting this, but I’m going to try and convey some of my thoughts.
            I haven’t known Ghent for a long time. We started talking a bit because both he and I have been involved in a local project. And then we started talking more and more often. We’d talk about nearly everything, and we ended up talking every day. I’d come to him when I needed help, when I needed to get things off my chest, or when I’d just want to talk. He’d always take the time to listen. He’d always take the time to help. And he gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. I started to know Ghent at a very interesting time in my life, where family death and numerous other concerns were overwhelming. He came to know me on many different levels over the last couple months, and I feel I can say I was lucky enough to have done the same. I’m glad I was able to meet someone like Ghent; I just resent an early passing for such a person filled with life. You were the older brother I always wish I had, always giving me great advice and always a person I could bring questions and concerns to. Ghent, I will always remember you and you will be missed.

            I wish I could express myself in a more organized way, but this is all I can do for now. To those who knew him best, please let me know if there is anything I can do or any way I can help.


            • #7
              Since I've never been any good with words, I've used this poem before when someone has been ripped from our lives and I hope that it fits here. The world has lost a great person and my deepest regards go out to his family and close friends.

              Nothing Gold Can Stay
              by Robert Frost

              Natures first green is gold.
              Her hardest hue to hold.
              Her early leaf's a flower
              But only so an hour.
              So leaf subsides to leaf
              So Eden sank to grief
              As dawn goes down today,
              Nothing gold can stay.



              • #8

                You wonder every day what is life? What does life have in store for us, then you wonder, why does someone die? Why does one of your friends that we've known for years, life end? Those are questions that I am sure everyone is asking themself. Do not take life for granted Cherish it, for you do not know when you will go. Ghent was a wonderful person, always cared for others, and never a selfish person. I did not know him as well as most of you did, but that is what I gather, I heard the news today from shatter, and I honestly didnt know what to say. Becareful out there people. Be well, My thoughts go out to family, friends and the rest of the defcon goon team, we will remember him always.

                - teklord


                • #9
                  Ghent was one of my best friends and one of the few people I considered to be in my 'circle of trust'. I could always count on him for a honest opinion. He was a truely genuine person. He was always willing to lend a hand or listen to a problem. Despite what I am feeling right now, I at least feel happy that I got to know him and be his friend. The world is a much more empty place without him. I am going to miss him.

                  I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me


                  • #10
                    I almost feel badly about placing a reply in this thread with so little to begin to do justice for his family, friends, and associates... I was not fortunate enough to personally meet ghent (to my knowledge at least) at defcon. He was someone on my list among many that I, of course, thought had plenty of time in future cons to meet. I was very briefly in contact with him about setting up extended wireless access for dc11, but limited to just a very short, pleasant interaction.

                    I really did not know what to say this morning when I saw the sad news before work. It was in the back of my mind throughout the day, and tonight I am really not much further... it is just always sad to see such a bright existence fade from the ones that love and appreciate them. It is quite clear that Defcon will not be the same.

                    To his friends and family, I extend my deep condolences. To Ghent, if you're out there somewhere pcap'n the whole net with technology beyond our comprehension... the Defcon family misses you.
                    if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.


                    • #11
                      I did not get the chance to meet Ghent in my two years of attending defcon, but I do know that we lost one of our people. I deffinatly will have to have a drink for the fallen this evening. RIP Ghent....

                      I would like to meet a 1 to keep my 0 company.


                      • #12
                        Ive been thinking about this all night, and I just cant seem to say what I want to. I never knew Ghent, but from what most of what you guys are saying, he was simply a great person that will be missed by many people. I cant understand why, but this has hit me hard...and I didnt even know him. Its like a wake up call that our time here is fragile, and sometimes good people are taken way too soon. I am sorry for the loss of a great person, who seems to have been a true asset to everyone who knew him. Atleast I have the comfort of knowing he is in a better place. Rest in peace.
                        Last edited by ripshy; October 28, 2003, 02:11.
                        Virtutis gloria merces


                        • #13
                          He always had a kind word for me online ,
                          He was a nice guy ,
                          Wherever he is now I hope he has a cold one in hand


                          • #14
                            I never had the pleasure of meeting ghent on or off line. From the things you are saying, I really wish I had.

                            I don't know what to feel really. But regret is right up there.

                            It's a sad reminder that behind all the screen names and avatars, there are human beings, with family, friends, dreams and goals. It's good to remember that once in a while, but this price was too high.

                            I too will raise glass to fallen brethren.
                            Never drink anything larger than your head!


                            • #15

                              Sent to others, but thought I'd add it here:
                              I believe very few knew how great a person he was, from his days at USC working on the DT to his work at Exodus, along with the papers he published. He was always ready to talk with anyone, and rarely had a bad word to say about anyone. Forgiving, well tempered and thoughtful. He had insights and knowledge way beyond what most of us have achieved, but never lorded it about - he was never a show off, but shone in his own light.

                              On the lighter side, he played the Decepticon, but was more an Optimus Prime.
                              justazero -
                              "Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily."
                              - George Santayana