Gut Rumbles

September 10, 2006


The autopsy came back that dad had a pulmonary embolism which probably contributed to his death. I hope this is some sort of relief to those of you who knew him. It is to me. It's hard not knowing anything.

Just thought you all might like to know this.


Sam, thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I'm sure knowing why he died makes it a little easier, but it won't take away the pain of losing him. I hope you are doing well!

Posted by: Beth on September 10, 2006 03:03 AM

Thanks Sam, for letting us know.

I'm glad it gave you some closure.

Posted by: caltechgirl on September 10, 2006 04:12 AM

Same thing took my dad at the age of 64. It does help to know.

I'm an RN and it was one of the first things I thought of when I heard that Rob had died.

Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by: A Different Kim on September 10, 2006 09:04 AM

Thank you for letting us know... I agree with Beth that it doesn't take away the pain, but it's good to know it wasn't what some people theorized.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on September 10, 2006 12:40 PM

Thanks for letting us know, Sam. It doesn't make it easier, but yes, it gives some sort of closure. Trust me, not knowing is much much harder.

Take care!

Posted by: Sue on September 10, 2006 03:49 PM

Sam, thanks for the info; it was so very nice of you to share it with all of us who knew your Dad. Wishing you the best and thanks for reposting some of the great posts!

Posted by: Michele on September 10, 2006 05:37 PM

Thanks for sharing the information. It is good to know for closure. I wish you all the best.

Posted by: Kevin on September 10, 2006 08:22 PM

Another Thank you Sam. I'm glad that you posted this. I hated that people thought otherwise when I knew he would never do that.
I hope you are doing well.
I still visit daily and miss your dad and his wiriting. Thanks for reposting some of his old posts.

Posted by: Dawn on September 10, 2006 09:36 PM

Thank you.

Posted by: Maeve on September 10, 2006 11:47 PM

I still miss reading him each day and hearing how he was facing life. Thank you so much for verifying natural causes. I was so worried with his last post and saddened to think that he might have been in unbearable emotional pain. Yes, he's still gone but at least not at his own hand. My thoughts are still with your family.

Posted by: Oda Mae on September 11, 2006 01:24 AM

Thank you Sam

Hope you're coping alright. Do remember many people care for you.

Posted by: Misty on September 11, 2006 08:10 AM

... thank you, Sam.... your Father is missed greatly...

Posted by: Eric on September 11, 2006 09:28 AM

Thanks Sam. I was sure he died of natural causes and it does help to have that verified. While it doesn't change the loss, it's good to know for certain he didn't leave us on purpose.

My thoughts and prayers are with you often.

Posted by: Libby Spencer on September 11, 2006 09:32 AM

Thanks, Sam...your Dad was sorely missed this year at Helen...he has had an impact on more people than even he could have imagined. Hope you are well...

Posted by: Elisson on September 11, 2006 02:37 PM

Thank you, Sweetheart.

Posted by: Juliette on September 11, 2006 03:06 PM

Thanks, Sam... *hug*

Posted by: Cythen on September 11, 2006 04:25 PM

Thanks for letting us know, Sam.

Posted by: Lisa W. on September 11, 2006 06:24 PM

I figured it was something like that. Thanks for letting us know. I still miss the old cracker.

Posted by: Assrot on September 11, 2006 07:41 PM

Thank you, sweetheart. I would have wondered forever....

I visited GutRumbles for ages and even tried to explain your dad to my poor, tech-deficient husband... (blog? huh? yuh mean a internet thang?)... which we both loved him for his union views and his great insights on Savannah (which we love!).

Once, I commented .. can't remember the topic, but I responded with something about my teenage son's suicide. Some troll grabbed my comments and went to town. Well, Rob came back ... to my rescue, of course. And sent me a coupla emails about that. And that's why, even when it looked awful, I just couldn't believe he had a hand in his own death. His response was just too positive to me!

Luvya... stay strong, kid.


Posted by: kd on September 11, 2006 09:21 PM

Sam, I am glad that this was discovered, and that it gives you relief to finally know something. Thank you for sharing the information with us.

Take care.

Posted by: Barb on September 12, 2006 12:29 AM

Thank you, Sam. As difficult as it is, this is important to closure. It means much to me. I miss your father very much, and appreciate your efforts.


Posted by: JohnW on September 12, 2006 12:52 AM

I can only repeat what others already said, thanks for letting us know. You are doing a great service by keeping the site up, reposting your dad's entries, and in a broad sense, keeping this bit of Southern Heritage alive.

Posted by: Stu on September 12, 2006 04:59 AM

Sam ..
(1) I'll add my thanks for keeping Rob's readers informed.
(2) Thanks for digging through the archives and re-posting. Rob's stuff was good on the first read and better on re-read.
Best wishes. DJS

Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on September 12, 2006 01:20 PM


Your father was an amazing character. The internet is just not the same without him. Thanks for keeping up the website and letting us know.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr on September 12, 2006 03:21 PM

Thank you Sam.

Posted by: Evilicious Blonde on September 12, 2006 08:03 PM

Thank you so much for wasn't really any of our business, but thank you.

Posted by: Mrs_Who on September 12, 2006 10:07 PM

Thank you so much Sam, I appreciate knowing even though it doesn't temper the loss. God Bless

Posted by: Jack on September 13, 2006 01:42 AM

Thanks Sam.

Posted by: ~Jack~ on September 15, 2006 05:17 PM

Thanks for the info. This was good to know. If you look at your dad's life over the last 18 months or so, it seems like he had a long uphill battle all the way. He stood up to all of it, but didn't have anyway of knowing what would take him in the end. There's a good book in his life, if someone can write. I couldn't do it justice.

Posted by: Groverat on September 16, 2006 04:46 PM

I met your Dad at Helen, GA for the Blogfest two years ago. We all had a good time. He was a unique guy and sorely missed by the crowd - even us Yankees. Despite what he says, boiled penauts DO suck!


Posted by: Gordon the Magnificent on September 17, 2006 03:25 AM

Thank you for telling us that. All the best to you, your family and friends.

Posted by: Nelly on September 17, 2006 04:44 PM

Thank you for that, Sam. I can rest a little better knowing it was just his time to go, hope you can too.

Posted by: Wes Jackson on September 19, 2006 01:07 AM

Thank you, Sam. I loved your dad even though I was just a casual reader of his blog. It helps to know what took him.

God bless,


Posted by: schaffman on September 19, 2006 07:15 PM

Knowledge is power. It helps us understand what he had been trying to tell us about how sick he really was. I was amazed he kept posting. Thanks, Sam.

Always, Maggie

Posted by: Maggie on September 19, 2006 07:34 PM

Thanks for the word Sam. Still sorry for your loss though. I really liked your dad.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on September 19, 2006 09:25 PM

I join the rest in appreciation for your continued effort to keep your dad's blog available to us and for informing us of the cause of his passing. Like all the others, I still grieve our loss, but celebrate his life and what it provided us all. He is still greatly missed.

Posted by: Di on September 20, 2006 01:34 AM
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