should death be feared?If
we fill ourselves with love / life while we are here, death should
be an accepted end
even itself loved, and lived. Death is
not forever; death is your toy. Death is any shape you make it.
Death is not an end, but a beginning!" - Joe Chithalen
In the fall of 1999 the Mahones, by now a flourishing club and bar
band with three successful CDs, asked him to join them for an extended
tour. The European leg was to include The Netherlands, Belgium and
opened in Amsterdam on Queens Day, a national holiday, with
the band playing all day in front of an Irish pub called Tig Barra.
9:00 p.m. Joe was on his way to a blues jam session when he bought
a pastry from a street vendor.
took one bite.
minutes Joe was not feeling well and he asked his friend for help.
Joe's windpipe began to swell then close. Soon he was in anaphylactic
shock from a peanut sauce in the pastry. His epinephrine was back
in the pub. Emergency paramedics worked to save him but within the
hour he was pronounced dead at hospital.
The music stopped.
legacy continues through the efforts of others. Projects like "A
Joe Show" is a fundraising musical festival, held in September,
to help disadvantaged kids learn to play music through a free lending
library that allows them to 'sign-out' instruments similar to a
library lending system.
like this help to raise awareness of anaphylaxis and celebrate a
life filled with love and music.