Brian died in 1996 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49, this is his
|He led and inspired the nation,
This praiseworthy son of creation,
But although we'll all miss him,
It's time to off-kiss him,
In the int'rests of good sanitation!
From Jinx on a Terran
by Brian Daley
|"You think a
little thing like death is going to slow us down?"
Han Solo, per Brian Daley
a message from Brian:
I hope and believe that I'll be
forgiven by all of you whom I didn't contact personally since the
diagnosis of my cancer. The hardships of treatment combined with
the pressures of preparation for my operation left little time to
collect thoughts and calm, and I simply couldn't make all the calls and
write all the letters it would have taken to contact everyone for whom I
care and who, I know, cares for me. You were in my thoughts, and
now I'm in yours; that will have to suffice us in this imperfect world.
Your good thoughts and prayers
would be welcome now no less than when I was alive. I hold it as
an article of faith that there are many paths to the Light, and one day
we'll get to do the catching up we missed this time around.
My love and best wishes to
all. My life, even these last days, has been one of exceptional
good fortune, luminous joys and gifts, and the people who came to be
important to me were foremost among these.
Until we meet again...
Here is a postscript to Brian's letter and to the
about his ashes:
A friend asked for some of his cremains to scatter in an
unusual place. In 2003, when a memorial to the Indian
combatants was added at the site of the Little Bighorn
Battlefield National Monument, its designers included a stone
opening as a Spirit Gate to welcome the dead, both Indian and
Anglo. However, members of some tribes feel that the existence
of such a doorway poses a danger to this world.
They asked my friend to put dust from a grave in the portal
to seal it shut and protect our earthly plane. The friend, who
has read Brian's books, thinks Brian would accept the "challenge
and the duty of protecting our world from an inter-dimensional
rift." He could be right. Brian had a soldier's heart.
As my friend put it, "Brian will help to guard the portal
and keep anything bad from happening." He went on to say,
"Brian has the hard
work... I just have to drive to Montana."
Message to Brian from the Star Wars radio cast:
You may link to and download this mp3 recording of message sent
to Brian from the cast of the NPR recordings of Star Wars
because he was not at their final recording session. Brian
wrote the script and included extra background scenes that you
never saw in the movies. This message was received the day after
he died. JediCastMessages
Note: the message doesn't start until 15 seconds into the file.
Click here for the preface
to this recording by Anthony Daniels (C3PO)
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