posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 07:26 AM
I have lost a friend.
On Tuesday the 20th of April 2010, Mckyle passed away.
I am so sad about this. It had been my great privilege to make friends with Mckyle, during my time on ATS. He was just a terrific, intelligent
all-round really nice guy.
Smart? …..you bet! He was a professional businessman, he was a Dr of politics & history & he was forging ahead with his own business entities in
China as a successful ex-pat Aussie!
Nice?.....well you all saw his work on ATS. He was just a terrific guy! I still have to stop & look & think about Mckyle every time I see his very
striking “Joker” avatar.
Since Mckyle passed away, it has been my great privilege to speak at length with Mckyle’s lovely wife from China & Mckyle’s lovely sister from
Australia. I found out that very sadly, Mckyle had become estranged from his family in Australia for several years prior to passing away. In fact,
they had not spoken with him for almost 7 years…..& now they never can.
But, here’s the thing…..they are now looking at Mckyle’s work on ATS & this is helping his family to understand a lot about what he was thinking
& feeling during that time. And guess what? They can see he was a very well liked member who was enjoying life in a highly intelligent, well
mannered way! This has made his family very happy.
This means that everybody on ATS who has interacted with Mckyle has helped his family through a very difficult time. Mckyle’s family thanks you for
Now, in my opinion, it is natural to want to know what happened to Mckyle…..so, here goes….
A few weeks before he passed away, Mckyle attended a boot camp type training camp…..one of those tough fitness training centres.
Mckyle was in a building running up & down stairs as part of a training activity. When he was on the third floor of the building, the floor gave way
& Mckyle fell through three stories of ceilings & floors, receiving multiple fractures to both feet & ankles.
I can tell you from my long experience in the medical field that this introduces two very significant risk factors. The very strong pain reducing
drugs can be very hard on heart & liver function & the lower leg injuries can cause deep venous thrombosis (blood clots) that can travel from the legs
to the lungs & cause heart problems.
Mckyle passed away from a heart attack that seems to have been caused by a combination of the above.
I talked to him for a long time just 2 days before he passed away. I was stuck overseas due to that volcano & I was at a loose end…..you know, a
little homesick & all that sort of thing. It was just so nice to see Mckyle calling me just to have a chat……we had a really long chat…..our
There you go.
I’ll miss Mckyle.