RIP dayan September 25, 2023 1:31 PM   Subscribe

Some sad news: MeFite dayan passed away last night. He hadn't been on MeFi for quite a while but hung out in a MeFi spinoff group I'm in and was also really involved in the quizzing and Jeopardy communities and I thought people here might want to know.

From his friend thirteen
Hello all, I am posting to share some sad news. Our own Daniel Cohen passed away at home this weekend. He was a great guy, loved by many. The very definition of a polymath. From my perspective, he loved the coolest music, and played the hardest games. He either told or was deeply involved in some of the greatest stories I have ever heard. Guy was on Jeopardy, and snuck in a number joke in a bet to make his friends laugh. He had inexplicable and ridiculously unfair health problems, but he lived happily right up until the second he didn't. Please think of him the next time you pop open a Topo Chico."
If you're on Learned League there's also more quizzing-focused memorial thread on a post on the boards over there (not visible to non LL-ers, sorry). He was a great guy with great energy and I willmiss him.
posted by jessamyn (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 1:31 PM (50 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

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posted by sencha at 2:25 PM on September 25


Rest easy Dan. I am better for having known you.
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posted by Wordshore at 2:34 PM on September 25


God speed dayan

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posted by St. Hubbins at 6:48 PM on September 25


I didn't know him but he seems to have known many of my friends, especially the best ones. He is being dearly mourned today.
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Looking at his activity page, I see that the two front page posts he made were about the death of Elliott Smith and the Great White nightclub fire. The former had an impact on me, not only because I was a fan of Smith’s, but also because the previous winter I had been an exchange student at Hampshire College, and a lot of my friends there took his death, he was an alum, personally. As for the latter, a couple of years later I moved to Rhode Island, and got to know many people who lost friend or family in the fire. I mention this because by the point these posts were made MetaFilter was the first site I checked when I went online, so I may have heard about both events from his posts.
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oh man, we became pals because we're both Bills fans when he briefly lived in DC. Just a deeply funny, weird in the most delightful way dude. This sucks.
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posted by mcbeth at 5:35 PM on September 27


I didn't know him at all -- but when I see people here who I really respect mourn him, it makes me wish I had gotten the chance to meet him.

RIP.
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My deepest sympathies to all who were lucky enough to know and love him.
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