Community Leader Kev Sweetwater Passes Away At 35

It is with great sadness that we report the passing in real life of Kev Sweetwater. Kev was a tireless community leader, having been at the heart of Burn, the SL Birthday, and he served as an advisor for the LEA.

Self-portrait by Kev Sweetwater

I knew him in my brief time with the LEA Committee, but sadly not well enough. But what I saw was that he was a kind and compassionate peacekeeper, approaching difficult situations with a sense of humour, kindness and positivity. I know he will be greatly missed.

From the Burn2 Committee:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing in Real Life of the man known in Second Life as Kev Sweetwater earlier this week..

Kev was known by many people within the BURNING MAN Community in Second Life as a member of the BURN2 Department of Mutant Vehicles and as the past leader of the Department of Public Works. Kev was a friend to us all, a dedicated Burner, and someone who was there with a ready joke or insightful statement on what it means to Burn.

Kev’s original application to BURN2 team says it all. In his words, “ To me the biggest part of my second life is my desire to volunteer to help other volunteers learn and grow more and have a enjoyable time…”

Kev was a man who loved the Playa and what the Burning community stands for. Please join us in celebrating his Second Life on Saturday, May 19th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SLT on Burning Man- Deep Hole. At 7:30 p.m. SLT we will have a small burn in honor of Kev.

If you would like to contribute to a photo memorial please send Second Life snapshots to Marianne McCann.

Please respect the confidentiality of the family. Memorials may be made to:

In deep sadness,

BURN2 Core Team

Read more at Daniel Voyager’s Blog

Kev’s own SL Blog

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