Fanzine fandom lost one of its most faithful and frequent contributors when Bob Sabella, editor of Visions of Paradise, died Saturday, December 3.
He’d recently been hospitalized and diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and Robert Lichtman received this word late Saturday night from Sabella’s son Mark:
“I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but my dad passed away this evening in the hospital. The final diagnosis was an inoperable, malignant brain tumor (a stage 4 gliobastoma). Over the course of the past week, his condition deteriorated and the doctor’s outlook to even the short-term prospects became grim. He was unresponsive through the end, and went peacefully and without pain.”
At the time Bob Sabella was Official Editor of fandom’s oldest apa, the Fantasy Amateur Press Association. Curt Phillips has volunteered to take over the reins.
[Thanks to Steve Green and Robert Lichtman for the story.]