Doug Update

What we know thus far.

Those of us who have searched for updates on Doug Mataconis since learning of his untimely passing last week via traditional media sources have been unsuccessful. Jazz Shaw has been in regular contact with Doug’s extended family in New Jersey and there’s not a whole lot that can be shared with the public. There were no obvious signs of foul play and an autopsy has been ordered but we don’t expect any results for weeks.

In the medium term, the family has accrued significant expenses. Doug left behind significant debts that will die with him. He had been divorced for many years, had no siblings, and his parents preceded him in death. So his cousins and other relatives have had to pay attorneys fees, miscellaneous other expenses, and will pay to have Doug cremated in accordance with his wishes and for a memorial service. Jazz has set up a Go Fund Me to solicit contributions for those inclined to help.

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  1. MarkedMan says:

    Just made an anonymous contribution.

  2. Michael Reynolds says:

    I’m in.

  3. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:


  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Not much, but I put in $50 yesterday.

  5. CSK says:

    I’m sure the family appreciates any contribution.

  6. Neil J Hudelson says:

    Done. I hope the OTB community can help put it over the top.

  7. Jen says:

    Done, here too. It’s not much, but hopefully every little bit helps.

  8. Steve V says:


  9. Nightcrawler says:

    Donated and shared on social media.

  10. Donated and shared in a couple of places. Thank you for keeping us posted.

  11. Sue Reimers says:

    Doug connected from those across the spectrum. Though we disagreed on some things, we agreed on others and I considered him a dear friend (albeit social media friend). To those that were nearer and dearer to him, please accept my condolences. I have contributed to the GFM account. May Doug RIP. I will think of him every time I hear a Sinatra song or see anything related to Casablanca. And, probably, every time I have pineapple on my pizza. :'(

  12. CSK says:

    Jazz Shaw thanked James Joyner on Twitter earlier today for updating Doug’s friends and highlighting the Gofundme.

  13. Bob Beller says:

    Doug was one of the first people to pick up my blog many years ago and his linking to me helped bring me many readers. Even after I stopped blogger due to political burnout we kept in touch here, then via FB and Twitter.

    He was always the most reasonable voice around and helped a lot of people understand both sides of a story.

    May he rest in peace.

  14. SC_Birdflyte says:


  15. keef says:

    I was unaware of his passing and am very sorry to hear this.

  16. Joe says:


  17. Nightcrawler says:

    Twice in the past week, I nearly tagged Doug in two posts I knew he’d find amusing. Then I remembered.

    This sucks.