Apparently, Tristan Egolf is dead at 33.
Signing into my blog this morning, I found a new comment by a “dan bloom” (who has apparently been posting the comment, along with a photo of himself, to every blog he can find that mentions Egolf. I don’t much mind the spamlike actions in this case) talking about the writer’s death.
City writer, political activist found dead
Autopsy set for Tuesday
By P.j. Reilly
Published: May 09, 2005 9:40 AM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA –
A Lancaster political activist and author was found dead in a city apartment early Saturday morning.
Tristan Egolf, 33, of the 300 block of West Lemon Street, was found dead inside an apartment in the 400 block of North Charlotte Street.
Sources said Egolf committed suicide with a shotgun.
City police would not comment on the incident Sunday. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Egolf was an activist for many causes in Lancaster County.
He was a member of, and unofficial spokesman for, the Smoketown Six, a group of six men who staged a protest during President Bush’s July 9, 2004, campaign visit to Smoketown.
Minutes before Bush’s tour bus reached its destination at a Smoketown business, seven men, including Egolf, stripped to thong underwear and piled on top of each other in an attempt to re-create one of the photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq.
The men were arrested for disorderly conduct and detained until after the president left the area. One of the men escaped from police, and the remainder became known as the Smoketown Six.
Five of the men, including Egolf, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing East Lampeter Township police, Pennsylvania State Police and U.S. Secret Service agents of violating the men’s right to free speech. The suit has not yet been settled.
A 1990 graduate of Hempfield High School, Egolf wrote three novels, “Lord of the Barnyard,” “Skirt & the Fiddle” and “Kornwolf.”
He was the son of Gary and artist Paula Egolf of Lancaster and the brother of actress Gretchen Egolf.
According to newspaper records, Egolf also is survived by a 2-year-old daughter.
From his publisher’s homepage:
Sad news… A sad sad Mother’s Day.
On 7 May 2005 at approximately 7:00am Tristan Egolf took his own life. (This is no joke.)
Author of Lord of the Barnyard and Skirt & The Fiddle, Tristan recently completed his third novel, Kornwolf.
Sonically, Tristan played frontman for the rather newly formed Doomed To Obscurity, and the previously inclined Kitchchao.
He has been working on fine-tuning the screenplay for Lord of the Barnyard and just finished a rock opera posing Iggy Pop, Meatloaf and a few others auditioning for lead vocals of Led Zeppelin.
After finishing his new novel, while caring for his daughter (Orla Story) with his fiancee, Tristan spent much of his time recently on politically motivated endeavors. After weeks of leading standard anti-war marches in Lancaster, he executed a fantastic bout for free speech through The Smoketown Six. (Federal suit still pending.) Soon after, he organized anti-Columbus Day rallies and even burned President Bush in effigy. (Well it was a figure with a huge 10 gallon hat and a big TEXAS belt riding a missle akin to Slim Pickens.)
Oddly, the plane that invaded White House air space on 11 May 2005 originated from the Smoketown Airport, here in Lancaster County.
There will be a Wake, a night of bachanalian revelry and libations galore, here on Tuesday, 17 May 2005. Starting at almost 10 o’clock p.m. (est)
If you wish to submit something to be read (or played) at the wake, feel free to forward it to:
michael (at) windmillsonline (dot) us
Tristan was a fantastically beloved brother, son, father, fiance and friend.
He is sorely missed. The demons finally caught up with him.
I am crushed. Completely crushed. Abou will be, too. There just aren’t enough swear words in existence to portray my current anguish.