So I am writing this while realing in shock, and I don't even know if it is my place to broadcast this so widely but I am also aware that Michael was an important AC member and well respected. I had the pleasure of meeting him in February and a couple times since then and am mentioned in his last status update(on the 13th of Feb). We had several indepth converstaions about topics brought up on this forum and regarding online security. He also shared some of his work stories as we work in similar fields. He has also been the centre of a recent AC discussion as he was hit by a wallaby on the crafers bike track and broke his collarbone.
Where this is all leading to is that Michael took his own life today. I don't know any further details but that he did request that certain cyclists be contacted and they in turn have notified many of Michael's Cycling friends. Michael rode regularly with cob webs and I met him through riding with the Heart of the Hills ride (Norton summit to Hahndorf). We (the HoH) gang will be riding in memory of Michael this Sunday 8am from Norton Summit and will be wearing black arm bands to commemorate his life.
This brings home to me the seriousness of Robert's frank discussion here which I had been mulling over before I planned to reply. Now I don't know what to say to Robert, but keep reaching out to people.
Sadly for Michael it is too late and for that I am immensley sad.
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OMG Sarah this is devastating news, I don't even know what to say as tears spill from my eyes, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Michael but feel like I know him from all his AC posts......
To all Michael's family and friends my thoughts are with you in this dreadful time
Its a terrible, terrible tragedy when someone sees no future for themselves and takes the action of ending their own life. My condolences to Michael's family especially, but also his many friends on this site.
Wow - this is a huge shock......
Like many on this site, I have not had the pleasure of meeting Michael, but am familiar with him from his many posts on this site.
My thought are with his friends and family
My thoughts are with Michael's family and with anyone else suffering from sadness or depression.
Rob's post on related issues was such a powerful message as well. If the link in the discussion above doesn't work, try this one: http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/riding-off-into-the-blue