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Man reveals true identity in obituary, instructs son to ‘avenge his death’

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Posted at 7:29 AM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-02 07:35:30-05

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Nearly every child grows up thinking their mom and dad are superheroes (sometimes they’re right — minus the flying and x-ray vision). But a Minnesota father, who died of  cancer, wanted to make sure his young son always remembered him that way.

So, in his own obituary, Aaron Purmort revealed he was Spider-Man and instructed his son to avenge his untimely death at the hands of “a nefarious criminal named Cancer.” The touching obituary was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Sunday.

It begins:

Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city.

“We had time to sit down and write his obituary,” Nora Purmort wrote on her blog. “I’ve never laughed and cried more in one sitting, but I’m so glad we got to do this. I love this man so damn much.”

Purmort surely brought smiles to the faces of grieving family members when he mentioned his “first wife” near the end of the obituary, but it was his heartwarming instructions for his son Ralph that helped his final words go viral online.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father’s untimely death.

The Purmort’s story will be told as part of an A&E documentary.

“This isn’t a cancer story, it’s a love story..the whole thing,” Nora said in a YouTube video. “Even the part where cancer appears like an unexpected plot twist or a diabolical villain.”

Nora’s sister set up a crowd-funding page for donations to help with Aaron’s medical and funeral expenses.  So far they have raised more than $100,000.