I just got word that a TV review columnist for the Wrestling Observer, Nilton Fernandes, passed away yesterday. He was pinned between two semi-trailers at work as one backed up. He was crushed and didn’t make it. The saddest part of the whole thing?
He was 22.
I read Nilton’s work every week – I thought he was well older than 22. He was full of knowledge, he was informed, he was entertaining. He was a great read. I now know that he was a student at the University of Manitoba while working in his off-hours, and of course, writing at night. It’s amazing how many things are taken for granted, even small things. Tuesday morning I logged on to the site purposely to read Nilton’s review of Raw. I had seen the show, I just found Nilton’s reviews entertaining and I wanted to read what he had to say. I won’t have that opportunity again. That doesn’t come anywhere close to the fact that his close friends and family won’t have a chance to even see him again.
RIP, Nilton. Wherever you are, know you were appreciated while you walked amongst us – even from those of us who never met you.
However, in the face of tragedy we can always look for good news from other sources. I’m going to take this forum and moment to congratulate Angela and Wayde on the announcement of their pending first child! Way to go, you two! :)