So far, 2018 hasn’t been any kinder than 2017 when it comes to losing legends. We have learned that tech pioneer and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow has passed away at the age of 70.
Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is a non-profit the man founded, announced the tragic news.
As fans definitely know, John helped write many songs for the band back in the 70s, including the hits Heaven Help the Fool and Looks Like Rain.
Aside from his amazing lyrics for Grateful Dead, he was a poet as well as a passionate advocate for freedom of expression in ‘cyperspace.’
In fact, the term we all know today was coined by the man!
It was revealed that Barlow passed away ‘peacefully in his sleep’ although the cause of death was not announced.
‘It’s no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we know and love now exist and thrive ”cause of Barlow’s vision and his leadership. He always perceived the Internet as a fundamental place for freedom, where voices long-silenced can find their audience, and people can connect with others regardless of the physical distance,’ the organization’s statement read.
Soon after the sad announcement, many fans shared their tributes.
‘This is crushing. John Perry Barlow was the pen behind so many Grateful Dead classics. Black Throated Wind, Estimated Prophet, Mexicali Blues, Music Never Stopped, Looks Like Rain. His partnership with @BobWeir was legendary,’ one mourning fan tweeted.
‘I had known John Perry Barlow from the early days of Twitter when it was like a global coffee shop we all staggered into every morning. He was never not kind, he was funny and warmly human. Good night, John,’ another tribute read.
Rest in Peace, John Perry Barlow!