Ben Chapman passed away at 12:15 am Hawaii time on Thursday, February 21 at the VA hospital in Honolulu. His health began to deteriorate February 12 and he was admitted to the hospital on February 20. His life support was turned off Wednesday evening and his pacemaker was turned off shortly before he died. He died peacefully with his wife, Merrilee, and son, Ben Chapman III, by his side.
His body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at St. Augustine By-The-Sea Church Waikiki in Honolulu. It will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 am. The scattering of the ashes willl follow off Waikiki Beach from Hawaiian outrigger canoes.
Anyone who wishes to send flowers or cards may send them to:
The Ben Chapman Family
300 Wainani Way, #1612
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
You can find a more detailed obituary in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Fans are being encouraged to submit their thoughts and memories of Ben Chapman to firstname.lastname@example.org for a special memorial page on Ben's website.
I talked to Ben last May, when he was hospitalized for shortness of breath and dizziness. He had thought he was a goner then, and he laughed about feeling "out of water." He seemed to be more concerned that he had missed a convention appearance in New Jersey, than he did for his own well being. That just goes to show how much he loved his fans. I regret now that I didn't get to talk to him more, we had planned to conduct an interview, but we always seemed to have conficting schedules. I feel honored that I did get a chance to speak with him. He was a great guy, a real down to earth guy, someone who when you talked to him, you felt like you knew him all your life.
All the monster fans the world over are going to miss you, Ben. You brought us a lot of joy by putting on that Creature suite.