That same day (even before I published the story), Dave announced on his Twitter that he wasn’t feeling well. For me, this wasn’t entirely surprising. The week before, Dave Tweeted that he had checked into the hospital with shortness of breath. This was also confirmed when Dave’s sister, Nichole Rose, took to her Twitter to tell Dave to stay strong. This will not be the last time you’ll hear about Nichole Rose.
I posted updates on Dave throughout the week on theCHIVE. Dave’s condition appeared to be deteriorating quickly. Nichole posted that he brother had slipped into a coma early Thursday morning. Later the same evening, Nichole announced that Dave had passed away. Dave’s inspiring final words from his blog post quickly went viral.
Things get weird:
As soon as Dave ‘died’, Sarah Hill booked a flight to Los Angeles, presumably to attend a funeral in Newport Beach, about an hour south of LA. I picked Sarah up from the airport, she was beside herself, so was Erin.
I took Sarah to see Erin Willett, the two had been in constant contact with Dave over the past few months via Twitter’s direct message. When we arrived at Erin’s house, Erin showed us an email she’d received from a fellow Chivette. The email didn’t read like the thousands of well-wishing emails Erin had received that day. Instead, the email raised a couple key questions:
1. The email wondered out loud how a person who can only type 4 words-per-minute could carry on such lively conversations, responding so quickly to so many people.
2. She linked us to a local news article from Danville, VA, which contained a photo of David Rose. But this article, written in 2010, was about a young man with cerebral palsy named Hunter Dunn? Is it possible that David Rose was using Hunter Dunn’s photos? If so, why? – To retain his anonymity? Is David Rose actually Hunter Dunn? To our knowledge Hunter Dunn is alive and well today. The links provided more questions than answers.