News The Believable
posted by May 25 at 14:20 PMon
From the PI:
Maleng and his wife, Judy, were planning to visit Norway this summer to explore his heritage. On Thursday evening, they were at a dinner to toast a Norwegian ambassador at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture when Maleng collapsed.My obsession for the day is this death. Its suddenness shocks my own heart—the pump of my life. It’s now not a matter of why does it beat but why doesn’t it stop beating? The amazing thing is this beating; more believable is it stopping, the body falling, the glass of existence shattering, and the opening of the vacuum into which the soul is sucked and crushed.
“About 10 minutes after he arrived, Norm grabbed onto Judy’s arm and fell to the ground,” Maleng’s chief of staff, Dan Satterberg, told the crowded courtroom.
He suffered cardiac arrest. Nearly an hour of resuscitation efforts at Harborview Medical Center weren’t able to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. He was 68.