Artist, humanitarian, and activist Gerry Mitchell has died. Unfortunately best known recently for being hit by a police car (and then ticketed), Mitchell was known and loved in the area long before then. He’d been diagnosed with AIDS back in the 1980s, and despite awful complications (he was confined to a wheelchair), Mitchell was active in the community, an outspoken supporter of hospice, and racked up thousands of miles in his electric wheelchair in his travels. Mitchell was 58.
To learn more about Mitchell, see this short documentary about him, filmed five years ago.