Horrendous: Dean Barnett passes away

posted at 3:56 pm on October 27, 2008 by Allahpundit

One of the smartest and sweetest people I’ve ever met, online or otherwise. Gone at 41. I’m speechless.

Update: Here’s Barnett writing in 2006 about cystic fibrosis.

At one point during my interview, the questioner asked me if I expected to see a cure to CF in my lifetime. I answered no, but that it doesn’t really matter. When you see death up close, a couple of things become clear. One is that we all die, and that death is just part of the deal. The other is that life is such a blessing, that’s it just so great, even though you know the inevitable might be near you still want as many bites of the apple as possible.

None of us know what the future of the salt water treatment might be. My health will maintain its current state indefinitely in the truest sense of the term. The good times could continue for years, or it could all crash tomorrow.

But regardless, this treatment has given me time – time to spend with my wife and family and friends. Time to hit golf balls (usually sideways, but even that’s alright). Time to chase my dogs around the house. Time that frankly I didn’t expect to have. There could be no greater gift, and it’s a miracle in so many ways.

Update (Ed): I had heard that Dean was more or less maintaining a status quo, but things must have taken a turn for the worse over the weekend.  I’m heartbroken, and the First Mate is in tears.  Anyone who read Dean’s work or listened to his broadcasts as a replacement for Hugh Hewitt knows what a kind, gentle, and joyous man he is.  I loved him calling me his “crazy uncle” and his insistence on having me join him for those broadcasts.

Our prayers are with Dean and his entire family today.  May the Lord bring him to his everlasting love and light, and may He give comfort to Dean’s family and friends.  They were truly blessed with Dean.  We all were.

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Blessed repose and eternal memory. May the Lord comfort his family.

ManlyRash on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

He will be dearly missed. My prayers for his loved ones.

db on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Tragic.

Dirthead on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Nooooo! :( I thought he was getting better.

Rest in peace, Dean.

*prays*

Grue in the Attic on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Shoot, this is devistating… and he was so young. RIP.

Hunt035 on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Go with God!
We love you.

jawbone on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Shocka.

God comfort his family. Prayers.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

I was just wondering about him today.
God rest his soul and bless his family.

Brat on October 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Condolences to the Barnett family. He will be sorely missed.

SAZMD on October 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Sorry to hear this.

May God bless and protect his soul, and may He also bless and comfort his family and friends.

AZCoyote on October 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Another one is taken from us. Condolences to his family.

tdavisjr on October 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Crap. Crap, crap, crap. I kept hoping he’d hang on until a cure for cystic fibrosis could be found. Alas, it was just not to be.

My prayers go out to his friends and family.

Physics Geek on October 27, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Rest In Peace Dean, you will be truly missed.

Your wit and satire of politics will be missed be all.

But most importantly, condolences to his family.

Lance Murdock on October 27, 2008 at 4:01 PM

God bless him and his family. May he rest in peace.

jencab on October 27, 2008 at 4:01 PM

I knew it was not looking good. This is very, very sad. Life is short, people. Gotta give it all you have.

BigD on October 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

ugh…UGH….man. that is sad
That kills me

spacekicker on October 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

JustTruth101 on October 27, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Oh man I feel sad about this. He always took the time to write back. It turns out he was generous with everyone this way. I liked him. It turns out everyone felt the same. Thank you Dean Barnett for having made my life better. It was comforting being in a world with you. You will be missed, even by those that never met you.

JiangxiDad on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

My thoughts and prayers to his family. God bless them.

ThePrez on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

CHOWDA!
I guess this means Hugh Hewitt will be taking over your show permanently. We’ll miss you!

DWSC on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

RIP

jp on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Rest in Peace.

Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes from the hills from the sky, all is well, safely, rest, God is near.

kbfntc on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

One of the best. We’ve been missing him these last few weeks, and will miss him terribly in the years ahead.

CK MacLeod on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

When you see death up close, a couple of things become clear. One is that we all die, and that death is just part of the deal. The other is that life is such a blessing, that’s it just so great, even though you know the inevitable might be near you still want as many bites of the apple as possible.

Tony Snow shared very similar sentiments. Everyone take heed.

BigD on October 27, 2008 at 4:05 PM

God grant him peace. It puts all the trials and tribulations in my own life in perspective.

Rest well Mr. Barnett. We’ll enjoy your wit and insight in the next world.

Canucker on October 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Oh, I’m heartbroken. Just terrible news.

Topsecretk9 on October 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Terrible news =(

My condolences and prayers to his friends, family and associates.

Citizen Duck on October 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM

I couldn’t believe the headline when I read it. Rest in Peace, Mr. Barnett. God bless his family and friends.

amerpundit on October 27, 2008 at 4:07 PM

I knew Dean by way of the Hugh Hewitt show, to which he added much intelligence and talent. Sail on to Valhalla, my friend. I’m proud to have had you on our side.

Hannibal Smith on October 27, 2008 at 4:07 PM

May God bless his family. RIP, Dean. You’ll be missed.

acleaver on October 27, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Rest in peace, Dean.

God bless you and your family. You will be missed.

Brass Pair on October 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

This sucks.

toliver on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

May God give peace to his friends and family. Rest in peace, Dean.

Matticus Finch on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

This is horrible news. Dean, we are truly going miss you.

Blake on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

JiangxiDad on October 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

+1 – even after only a few e-mails back and forth with him, I feel I’ve lost a friend. What a great guy! At least he was living what I think was his dream at the end… I don’t think there’s anything in the world he would rather have been doing than writing his hilarious and cutting political coverage and Boston-centric sports commentaries.

The last time I heard him on the radio, he was talking about golf, so I switched off. The last time before that, he was talking to Fred Barnes, whom he referred to as “Dear Leader.”

Great heart, great sense of humor, great brain, totally unpretentious.

CK MacLeod on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

R.I.P. Dean Barnett. As a life long Red Sox fan myself, I found a great connection with Dean. There are not many true conservatives in New England. When Hugh Hewitt went on a break from his radio program, it was always a wonderful treat to hear Dean’s voice. I will never forget Dean.

RedSoxNation on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Gosh, that sucks.

Godspeed.

Dan Collins on October 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Another star in the sky. One who possessed all that was valuable in journalism….. honesty, integrity and accuracy. May Mr. Barrett’s family and friends know the peace of God’s love and may Mr . Barrett rest , free from CF at last and whole… to look down on us and hope we please him through our living our lives as he wished.
Fair winds and following seas, sir.

MNDavenotPC on October 27, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Rest in peace Dean.

BKennedy on October 27, 2008 at 4:10 PM

I’d been thinking about Dean earlier today, and worrying that no one had posted an update lately. I am so, so sorry to hear this news. May God comfort all his friends and family.

Quisp on October 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

I’m somewhat devastated by this news, and I never met, or even spoke with the man. I’ve been reading him since the Sox Blog days, and truly admired the man for his personal courage and wonderful writing. He truly was one of the good guys, and my prayers go out to him, may he rest in peace, and his family and friends.

RIP Dean Barnett, you left an indelible mark on so many of us.

-phil

phile on October 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Chow-dah gone?!!

The man was incredible. He was the reason I read Hugh Hewitt’s site in the first place.

What a horrible day.

God bless his family.

tlclark on October 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

I just e-mailed Ed about ten minute ago asking for a Dean update.

Dean’s indomitable spirit will be a source of strength for all who knew him, either personally, or through his work. Allahpundit says it best, “one of the smartest and sweetest”.

Rest easy Dean, let us carry this load for you now – you certainly carried it long enough for others.

juanito on October 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Rest in peace, Dean.

*prays*

Grue in the Attic on October 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

That brought tears to my eyes. You are a remarkable young man and the future belongs to you.

ManlyRash on October 27, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Very much a shame. My condolences to his family.

rbj on October 27, 2008 at 4:12 PM

God bless you, Dean, and your family. You are missed.

Sgt. Hartman on October 27, 2008 at 4:13 PM

He will be missed.

My bf died of CF three years ago…went into the ICU and died three days later. It’s a horrible disease.

Prayers and thoughts with the Barnett family.

JetBoy on October 27, 2008 at 4:14 PM

My condolences to his family on their (temporary) loss, and my thanks to him for years of fine work.

Karl on October 27, 2008 at 4:14 PM

God bless his soul and his family.

deedledee on October 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Terrible news! I was thinking about him this morning and eager for an update. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed for many years to come. Make every day count! RIP Dean. Meet you on the other side.

JDH on October 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

I am so going to miss his voice on the radio. Not only did I like what he had to say, just hearing his boston accent destroying the English language always made me smile.
Can anyone post a pic of him? I don’t even know what he looked like. I would like to have a face to remember hm by.

redshirt on October 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Wow. I was a very early Soxblog reader and commenter. Very sad news.

Tony Snow has some good company today. I’m sure they are enjoying some laughs right now.

rockmom on October 27, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Sad. Rest in Peace.

p0s3r on October 27, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Tragic. Sad. Awful.

This Chowdah Head is in tears.

Elizabetty on October 27, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Tragic. My prayers are with his family. I’m sure Dean is sitting at a table with Reagan & Tony,..chewing the fat!

christene on October 27, 2008 at 4:18 PM

RIP Dean.

aengus on October 27, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Very sad

Vashta.Nerada on October 27, 2008 at 4:19 PM

This is beyond sad. Like Captain Ed, the last we had heard he was getting better. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Godspeed, Chowdah. You will be sincerely missed.

Thomas and Marcie

MrAndMrsSmith on October 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Lump in throat…..eyes tearing up………heart sinks in chest.

May you now find peace, kind sir.

Prayers for his family and close friends.

I really fell for his humor when he filled in for Hugh. He was a welcome voice and will be sorely missed.

God speed my brother!

omnipotent on October 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM

What heart rending news. RIP.

Spirit of 1776 on October 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

:(

Dawnsblood on October 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

R.I.P
:(

trailortrash on October 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Damn. Just damn.

Thoughts and prayers with the Barnett family.

JonPrichard on October 27, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Damn… Dean was one of the really good guys. I will miss his writing and the joy he brought to his substituting on Hugh Hewitt’s show.

Rest in peace and prayers for the whole family.

Spike72AFA on October 27, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Viya Con Dios amigo.

ExTex on October 27, 2008 at 4:27 PM

oops- hard to type through tears- vaya con Dios, amigo.

ExTex on October 27, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I’ll root for the Bruins this year in his honor.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Wow, this is both shocking and sad. Like Tony Snow, he was too good to die this young.

You’ll be missed, Dean, but at least there is a good lineup of conservative thinkers up above now.

thirteen28 on October 27, 2008 at 4:31 PM

This is sad news indeed. My best wishes to his friends and family.

daryl_herbert on October 27, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Dark times, indeed.

Rest in peace, soldier. You will be sorely missed in the fight.

Thoughts and prayers to Dean’s family.

spmat on October 27, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Always a class guy.

I’ve just pulled out my copy of his “Plucky Smart Kid with the Fatal Disease” booklet. It’s worth the short 15 minutes it will take you to read it. Very inspiring.
http://store.pamphleteerpress.com/10.html

Godspeed Dean.

Sugar Land on October 27, 2008 at 4:33 PM

It all ends in a second. We don’t take enough time to enjoy the truly beautiful in life, and the beautiful people, mainly from inside. Dean Barnett was one of them.

Entelechy on October 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

My heart is breaking for his family. I started reading DB at Soxblog. Please let us know what arrangements his family has made regarding donations.

plum on October 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Damn. I was hoping no news was good news. And I was hoping that the news of McCain pulling this thing off would give him a big lift.

Put a word in for us all with the Big Guy, Dean: that truth and goodness may not be overrun by the forces of evil.

RIP

EnglishMike on October 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM

May the Lord embrace you as much as we did here on earth.

While your entrance into heaven was far too early, I hear trumpets and angels singing at your arrival.

God bless you Dean.

Rovin on October 27, 2008 at 4:41 PM

He was a really good guy. This is awful.

Jim Treacher on October 27, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Ah, sad news.

Sigh.

Bob's Kid on October 27, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Awwww man. Dean was one of the few talk show fill-in hosts that I actually looked forward to listening to.

thedudesblog on October 27, 2008 at 4:42 PM

RIP Mr. Barnett. May the Lord comfort his loved ones. Very sad news.

Weight of Glory on October 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

This is truly sad news.

I was hoping he would stay with us for some more time. His blog posts were the best.

May God give comfort to his family.

evenfarer on October 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Picture to fit the mood.

- The Cat

P.S. He used that in a post once.

MirCat on October 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Too young. Too effing young.

Ugly on October 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Awful news. He was the epitome of a happy warrior.

Slublog on October 27, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Terrible news. God bless you Dean and you’re family.

BrianBoru on October 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful.

He didn’t even get to see us knock Obama’s halo off next week.

God bless you, Dean.

Kensington on October 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM

MirCat on October 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

He used the photo at least once when he did something wrong or posted something incorrect.

It was so perfectly fitted to the post in which he accepted his error like a real man.

He was solid.

Elizabetty on October 27, 2008 at 4:50 PM

no
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no
no
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no

RushBaby on October 27, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Very sad. I loved to read Dean’s work.

I didn’t have time to read the comments yet, but I want to plug the CFF. They have made a lot of progress, and will really put your money to good use.

http://www.cff.org/

juliesa on October 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Dean personified Boston to me.
What a sad loss.
So this McCain-Palin win on 4 November is for Dean Barnett!!

HotAirJosef on October 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Dean…say hello to Tony for me…you will be missed. God Bless your family.

Sue on October 27, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Just awful.

exception on October 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

So it’s on to God’s Golden Shore with you then, Sir. In the annals of His time, we are right behind you.

SlimyBill on October 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

This is so sad. My 7 year old daughter has CF. They’ve made real advances but people that were diagnosed years ago probably suffered the gradual lung degradation that it causes. We’re very aggressive with any new treatments in the hope we can slow or stop that degradation until the CF foundation develops drugs that attack the problem rather than just the symptoms. They’ve made enormous progress and are one of the most efficient charities.

I always get sad when I think of someone like Dean Barnett.

scharlesc on October 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

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