Touching: Man reveals true identity in beautiful obituary, leaves instructions for young son


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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- When you think about the end of your life, many people wonder how they will be remembered.

One man took matters into his own hands, creating a beautiful and moving tribute with his family.

Aaron Purmort was battling brain cancer but knew he was losing the fight.

He decided to sit down and write his own obituary with his wife, Nora.

“Before Purmort died, we had time to sit down and write his obituary. I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much,” Nora wrote in her blog post.

In it, he claims that he was the real Spider-Man and instructs his son to avenge his untimely death at the hands of ‘a nefarious criminal named Cancer.’

They came up with the following obituary, which was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday:

“Aaron Joseph Purmort, age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. 

His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirt and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. 

In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.”

“Aaron was always kinder and more patient and more giving than he needed to be. He was grace and love in a spindly Caucasian package,” Nora wrote in her blog.

On the couple’s fundraising page, Nora said, “It ended today at 2:43 pm, in the middle of a run-on sentence, my head on his heart and my arms around him in a hospital bed built for one, but perfect for the two of us.”

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