The Walking Man Will Walk No More

Sad news today, Marc Abrams, who became a Silver Lake/Echo Park/Los Feliz fixture for his power-walk around the neighborhoods — day or night, rain or shine (but mostly shine). Word is he was found this morning in his hot tub. Cause of death still undetermined. He was 58.
As an long-time E.P. resident who also worked for many years in Silver Lake, I saw him daily. It will be strange not to catch a glimpse of him with his folded paper, “vibing” the cycle of streetlights.

Sunday a group memorial walk in his honor will take place, following the route Abrams favored.

This from Blogging L.A.

As many of you have heard by now, Marc Abrams (known to most as Silver Lake’s Walking Man) passed away last night. To honor the man who became such a fixture in our community, a few of us have decided to organize a memorial walk in his honor, beginning this Sunday at noon. We will meet at West Silver Lake Drive and Moreno, near where he began his daily walks, then follow his usual route.

In 2004, Abrams outlined his route in an interview:

“I usually loop around the lake, and then go down West Silverlake to Rowena, and then Hyperion, and then Griffith Park Blvd. down Sunset, back down Silverlake to the reservoir, and then back and loop around the lake again. So it’s about 15 miles altogether.”

All are welcome to join. Details below:

What: Memorial Walk to Honor Marc Abrams

When: Sunday, July 25 at noon

Where: Meet at the Silver Lake / Moreno Metro bus stop located on West Silver Lake Drive at Moreno

Pour on the sunblock, don your short shorts, bring along a folded New York Times and just walk – that’s what he would have done.

“Walk in Peace” is the message that graces the new Facebook memorial page set up to honor Abrams.
— photo credit Gelatobaby, flickr photo stream

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