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Patricia Sullivan

Dave Freeman, co-author of adventure travel book "100 Things to Do Before You Die" has died at age 47 after an accidental fall at his home, a rather mundane end given the activities he advocated.

His family said he had completed about half the adventures he listed (his co-author had done the other half). Among the favorite tasks in his book were "land-diving on the tiny island in the Pacific called Vanuatu. . . . Tribesmen climb up homemade towers . . . and it's sort of like the original bungee-jumping," he said on National Public Radio in 2001.

Another favorite was Las Fallas, a festival in Valencia, Spain, that features huge papier-mâché and plaster statues that satirize local political figures and celebrities. "Secretly, they're full of fireworks and dynamite. . . . At the stroke of midnight, they light them all on fire in a huge, loud . . . pyromania display," he said on NPR.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 26, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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Posted by: Dawny Chambers | August 26, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

He started before I did.
Good on ya', mate. RIP.

Charles, age 52

Posted by: Upward | August 26, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If this isnt irony I dont know what is...

Posted by: WOW | August 26, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

OK, so he was about halfway thru the list?
does that mean Number 49 or 50 was "break my neck in the pursuit of my 100 things to do before I die"? Perhaps he should have followed a "500 Things to do Before You Die" configuration, he would have lived longer.

Posted by: Tim | August 26, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show, you never know when your "number" is up. Live life to the fullest. Make every day matter! Each day is a gift!

Posted by: D. Rodriguez | August 26, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Quite an irony. I wonder if he died doing something that he recommended we all do before we reach the age of 100.

The title of the story made me laugh, but RIP.

Carpe diem!

Posted by: Eric | August 26, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Each day is a gift!"

That is why it is called the present.

Any way to see the list without buying the book?

Posted by: Karl | August 26, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hit is head at home? Did his book of "musts" prescribe any acrobatic feats on a chandelier or shower rod? Or perhaps a Zorro stunt on the rooftop or balcony edge? Perhaps such things should have been placed towards the end of the list, just before Last Rites.

You have to give the guy credit for selecting a title that drew eyes. Might the sequel be "100 things to do after you die." That would sell too. No. 1 would be to avoid Hell, because of all the nasty company there. No. 2 would be to avoid Heaven, because perfect people can be equally nasty.

Posted by: jkoch | August 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What if the guy is still alive?
Will he keep on doing it until he hits # 100?

Posted by: romuloromus | August 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you do or whenever you die, just cleanup the Iraq mess and the 9/11 lies. If not the credibility of america will sink further (if possible) and for that reason it will need more wars to feed all americans. So do what you have to do.

Posted by: jwh | August 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

**Might the sequel be "100 things to do after you die."**

His name was Dave Freeman, not Tupac Shakur.

Posted by: Jason | August 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

There are really cruel people in the world. Just read these responses.

Posted by: ted | August 26, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read the late Dave Freeman's book - but now I will. I hope in his list of 100 Things to Do before Dying - he included preparing for his afterlife. Someone said: We are not ready to live until we are ready to die. Another person said: Make sure when you come to die, that's all you have to do. The Bible says: Prepare to meet your God. Amos 4:12.
Peter at

Posted by: Peter Ramsay | August 27, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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