Cathy Seipp, R.I.P.
Sorta sucks when the doctors are right. Two days ago Cathy's lungs collapsed and the doctors said she only had two days left. She had been fighting lung cancer for years and as far as I could tell she was fighting it beautifully and with grace.
She had plenty of time to whine or change or become bitter at her great last challenge, but she handled it the way you'd want someone who you respect to handle it. Perfectly.
She even held a roast for herself where she dared people to let her have it. And as a right-leaning Libertarian who wrote for Pajamas Media and had guests like Ann Coulter attend her garden parties, there was plenty of ammo for people to use against her at her roast, which they used, which was hilarious, we're told.
Cathy Seipp was a reporter much longer than she was a blogger but she made such a mark in the blogging world because, in part of her fearlessness. Rarely do those who support the right, especially those who are women, allow free and open comments. Not only did Cathy have open comments, but because she paid attention to her readers she often had posts that would exceed 100 comments. Perhaps the lesson is, when the big C is staring down at you, jackass anonymous negative commentors don't seem so douchey.
Her presence online, in backyards across the Eastside, and at the LA Press Club meetings will be sorely missed. Her daughter Maia requests that if you want to honor Cathy's memory, either support Lung Cancer research (Cathy was not a smoker), and/or support the SPCA.
Around the Internets: NRO's The Corner notes that Cathy is ranking higher on Technorati than the other Hollywood blonde, Nancy Rommelmann and the Advice Goddess and Moxie all wrote nice tributes, a Love to Cathy Seipp petition has started, and Luke Ford reposted part of an email from Matt Welch that mentions that Cathy's funeral will be held Friday in Hollywood. LA Observed also has an impressive and growing list of bloggers who have also written something.
The LA Times also has a long an obit that still doesn't scratch the surface of this fascinating woman.
photo of Cathy Seipp with designer Bill Blass via Matt Welch