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Earlier this week, Leslie Harpold, who graced us as helloreplace on LiveJournal, and at many, many, other places on the web as well, died in her sleep due to complications from bronchitis. Like a lot of other people with whom she connected, I never knew her personally, but her assured confidence in her self-expression and grace in using the web as a personal communicative medium earned her a place of respect and affection in my heart. We will all miss her.

Despite legacy of fiction, personal writing, and design that might engender a self-important attitude in a less balanced person, Leslie's manner drew from a well of honesty, a pure enthusiasm and genuine interest in the experiences of others, and a laser-guided sense of what was special about her friends and how they could reach their potential. And when I say that, she was just as spot-on about the big things in life as the most trivial.

Thank you, Leslie.

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sonofabish
Dec. 17th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
What?? Complications from bronchitis? That's horrible.

She was a really talented writer and always an interesting read. My heart goes out to her family.
rpkrajewski
Dec. 17th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
“Bronchitis” tends to be used as a name for a host of related conditions with some unrelated causes, so we don't know what it was, really. I went back over her old journal entries and she did write about have trouble breathing from time to time.

Leslie herself moved to Michigan so she could take care of her mother. How sad…
marm0t
Jan. 8th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
My guess is that it was undiagnosed congestive heart failure. My guess is based on the info I got secondhand that she had been having trouble sleeping lying down the week she died. That's a classic CHF symptom. And she was, in general, not a well person.
rpkrajewski
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
One thing is certain: she certainly gave back to life a lot better than she got.
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