No snide comments but it’s clear what I’m thinking…
The Daily Mail reports…
Author of ‘100 Things to Do Before You Die’ is killed in fall
And he only managed to achieve half his list
By Annette Witheridge
Dave Freeman, co-author of the bestselling adventure travel guide ‘100 Things to Do Before You Die,’ has died in a tragic accident at the age of 47.
Mr Freeman fell over at his home in Venice, California, and hit his head. He had only managed to visit half of the places recommended in his book.
The irreverent guide to the world’s wackiest places included a voodoo pilgrimage to Haiti, running with bulls in Pamplona, Spain, nude night surfing in Australia and taking part in the loudest yelling competition in North Carolina.
Advertising agency executive Mr Freeman co-wrote the 1999 book with his friend Neil Teplica after collecting weird locations on a travel website they ran.
It was an instant bestseller and inspired a publishing industry all of its own with dozens of ‘100 Things’ spin-offs.
Mr Freeman, who was single, liked to travel alone, believing he met more interesting people and went to stranger places that way.
He starts the book by explaining: ‘This life is a short journey. How can you make sure you fill it with the most fun and that you visit all the coolest places on earth before you pack those bags for the very last time?’
Mr Freeman’s relatives said he had visited half of the places listed, whilst Mr Teplica had covered the rest.
One of Mr Freeman’s favourites was the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, where firework-filled papier-mache statues of politicians and celebrities exploded at the stroke of midnight.
Last night the circumstances surrounding Mr Freeman’s death were still sketchy but he appeared to have tripped over in the hall of his beach-side house and banged his head.
‘It’s very odd, very sad and very freaky,’ Mr Teplica told the Daily Mail.
‘There was no heart attack. He was physically very capable – not the sort of person to just fall over. His death is unfathomable.’
Mr Teplica said his friend’s mantra was: ‘You should live every day like it would be your last. There’s not many people who do.’