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I did not know whom to ask about this rather unsettling piece of news. Apparently Wikipedia has announced Bill Thurston's death on August 21, 2012. I could not independently verify it. Is this true?

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closed as off topic by François G. Dorais Aug 22 '12 at 20:29

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From: *Dylan Thurston < <>> *Subject: **Bill Thurston, 1946-2012 *Date: *August 22, 2012 5:38:27 AM GMT+02:00 * * Dear all, Bill passed away at 8PM on August 21 in Rochester, NY. He was surrounded by family, and went very peacefully, after a fight with melanoma since spring 2011. Please pass this on as appropriate. Sincerely, Dylan Thurston – Damian Rössler Aug 22 '12 at 9:50
@ Max The link points to a different Bill Thurston. – Liviu Nicolaescu Aug 22 '12 at 10:01
There is also a meta.MO thread dedicated to this very sad news – user9072 Aug 22 '12 at 11:41
My comment should have read 'no other good answer', I appear to have skipped a word. I picked 'off topic' because the other options seemed offensive to me. If you prefer, I could simply lock the question so there is no posted reason, but that would also lock the comment thread which is not desirable. – François G. Dorais Aug 22 '12 at 15:43
I re-edited the question, given the sad answer, for what I hope are understood by the OP as good intentions. – Benjamin Steinberg Aug 22 '12 at 17:21