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'Walking Man' of Silver Lake, Marc Abrams, dies at 58

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The Los Angeles County coroner early Thursday confirmed the death of Marc Abrams, 58.

Abrams earned nicknames such as the Walking Man, the Silver Lake Walker, the Reader Walker and the Walking Doctor because he has been taking long walks through Silver Lake since moving there in 1980.

Abrams said recently that he logged up to 200 miles a week at a pace of 5 mph. There’s even a mural showing him in action

His death was first reported by NBC Los Angeles.

– Times staff reports

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Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

 
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So sad. He was a good man and a fixture in the neighborhood. It made you smile to see him, he added color. You will be missed Dr. Abrams...

Oh no! He was young, too! 58! I saw him walking there a few times... very tanned.... sad!! :(

Rest in peace my fellow human being!
Love to your family and friends during this sad time!

I am deeply sadden by the death of such an inspiring man...
I live in Silverlake and see him all the time ...
He had a gate that I found curious and full of life!
Blessings on his family and friends.
May his last walk lead us all to paradise!

RIP.

58 is WAY young for such a healthy guy.

Wow.
RIP.

58 is WAY young for such a healthy guy.

Wow.
RIP.

I'll miss the Walking Man. In the late nineties I would share the road with him when I was putting 20 miles per day on my bicycle to recover from health maladies of my own. All I knew about him was that he was an M.D. and had heard that he was reading the Wall Street Journal. I'm glad the article revealed there was more to his reading than the WSJ. I thought he was much older than 58 but I suppose all the time in the sun took its toll- he did have the body of a 20 year old. I hope The Times can find out exactly what happened to Dr. Abrams. The streets of Silverlake won't be the same without him. Godspeed Walking Man, you'll be missed.

RIP Dr. Abrams.

And it's Silverlake, not Silver Lake.

The end of an era, a constant of the universe is gone, a shift in the balance, he was a force of nature... a living legend, shocking and very sad, I will miss him.

MAN I REMEMBER THIS GUY ..HOW DID HE DIE....I USE TO LIVE IN THE SILVERLAKE AREA AND I HAVE SEEN HIM WALKING EVERY DAY.....HOPE HES STILL SPEED WALKING IN HEAVEN NOW .......NICE GUY... REST IN PEACE

OMG.
I feel sad. He was a folk hero. I remember seeing him walking so many times. He was a bit of an odd fellow. He was one of the oddities that made Silver Lake the quirky place it is. I'll miss him.

This is sad news. I just saw him, out walking in Silver Lake, the other week.

end of an era!

As somebody who lives in Silver Lake, I, of course have seen Marc walking and reading and every time I did it put such a smile on my face.

He seemed to enjoy being outside, with the sunshine, his paper and his quick feet. He was a fixture in Silver Lake and he will be greatly missed.

Seeing the 'walking man' always meant I was home. Condolences to his friends and family.

R.I.P. Mr. Abrams.

You were an inspiration to more people than you know.

You will be missed.

It always brightened my day when I had a "Walking Man" sighting. He was one-of-a-kind and will truly be missed...

He will be missed. He was a landmark in the community. There was rarely a day we didn't see him while patrolling the Silverlake Area. RIP Sir.

Any word on the cause of death? He lived such a healthy lifestyle--can't imagine what went wrong at such a young age. Great guy.

He was a legend!! I'm going to miss him! It's nice to know that so many people had a connection to his ubiquity. If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around, the world will hear it.

I remember seeing Dr. Abrams walking along Rowena, and he may have even walked into my neighborhood (at the time) of H'wood back in the late 90's. His physical fitness recalls 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your body is a temple received from God? Therefore honor God with your body."

he will be dearly missed by many in the neighborhood


(and it is Silver Lake, not Silverlake)

Sad that he is gone but so cool he is remembered and revered

 
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