Thursday, March 5, 2009

Death of a Blogger — Robert Guskind, R.I.P. - The Brooklyn Paper

I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Guskind at last year's Brooklyn Blogfest at the Brooklyn Lyceum and was a regular reader of his blog, GowanusLounge...

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After days of speculation inside and outside the blogosphere, much-liked journalist Robert Guskind died on Wednesday, several blogs reported today.

The death of the creative mind behind the Gowanus Lounge blog, whose behavior had been increasingly erratic over the past few months as he has lost several jobs, separated from his wife amid an extra-marital affair, and waged angry crusades against supposed enemies, was first reported by his friend and fellow blogger, Miss Heather, who runs a popular Greenpoint-based Web site.

She reported in a video that he was found dead in his apartment. Another blog, Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, confirmed the death with the city medical examiner.

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Guskind’s Gowanus Lounge site had been down for days, and his obsessively regular Twitter blasts also stopped coming on Monday, said friends who expressed their concern to The Brooklyn Paper.

The NYPD offered no reports of a suicide near Guskind’s home, which, after separating from his wife, was in the Prospect Heights portion of the 77th Precinct.

In his prime, Guskind’s blog focussed a keen eye on city development projects with an objectivity and a level of reporting rare in the blog world. But last year, amid his personal turmoil, angry, unreported rants became more frequent.

Then, last month, the formerly jovial journo lost a regular job as a blogger for Curbed, a real-estate Web site. Fellow writers who met with Guskind at that time described him to The Brooklyn Paper as “a broken man.”

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