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Goodbye

Moment of silence.

When the phone rang, around 10:00 pm, my heart stopped. Our friends know we have a two-year-old, and they know we live in an apartment. Anyone phoning after 8:00 is calling with bad news.

The room was dark, my daughter moaned, a voice I didn’t initially recognize began leaving a message. Someone I knew, someone talented and nice and still young, was gone.

By Jeffrey Zeldman

“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek.

Principal designer/creative director, Automattic, Inc. Publisher, A List Apart and A Book Apart “for people who make websites.” Co-founder, An Event Apart design conference. Faculty, MFA, Interaction Design program, School of Visual Arts, New York. Have written two books, notably Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition.