In our world of cyber-relationships, it's hard to know how to handle news like this, but many of you noticed that a poster named "Niece of Dakini" posted tonight on Dakini Dancer's blog to tell us her aunt, Josie Ortez, died suddenly on Wednesday. I sent a private message to "Niece of Dakini" -- Judy Kelley -- and she confirmed Josie's passing, at the age of 61. She collapsed in the swimming pool at her gym, and couldn't be revived. "The family is stunned, I was very close to her," Judy told me.
She confirmed what I'd seen, on Josie's blog and then when meeting her at our OS party last month: "Josie was in great spirits lately. She had told me how she enjoyed meeting you. I know she was having a good time with her blog on OS."And we were having a great time with her. She was a fervent defender of Hillary Clinton during the primary last year, never missing a chance to call out misogyny when she saw it. On Open, she's been more playful, as you can see from her last post.Judy will let us know about her memorial soon. I'm sorry to confirm this bad news. Josie, you will be missed.