Man’s literal dying wish is that you do not vote for Donald Trump

We must respect the dead.


Dell Cameron

Internet Culture

Published Jan 21, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 8:15 am CDT

A 70-year-old Pittsburgh man who passed away Sunday left behind only one final request: Do not elect Donald Trump.

Chiropractor Jeffrey Cohen of Squirrel Hill leaves behind his wife, Carol Cohen, and their four sons. But “in lieu of flowers,” his obituary asks, “please do not vote for Donald Trump.”

According to the obituary, Cohen was known as “The Chiropractor to the Stars,” having treated famous athletes, entertainers, and actors, including Liza Minnelli and Fred Rogers, aka “Mister Rogers.”

Cohen founded the Nimmo Educational Foundation—named for his mentor, Dr. Raymond Nimmo—and practiced a specialized form of trigger-point therapy, easing his patients’ pain and helping them regain their confidence.

“Jeff opened his private practice on April Fool’s Day 1976, and would often joke that in those early years he had two waiting rooms: one where the patients would wait, and one where he would wait for the patients,” his family wrote. “In time his practice grew and he became a renowned chiropractor, helping thousands of people in Pittsburgh and around the world.”

Cohen isn’t the first person to leave an election-related dying wish. Ernest Maynard Jr., or “Ernie,” lost a battle with cancer in the second week of January, and his obituary concluded, “Please vote for Donald Trump.”

“Earnest [sic] must have been a great person,” Trump tweeted, after hearing the man’s request. 

If you disdain politics but want to pay your respects to Cohen, his obituary also said that a donation to his foundation would be just as welcome as preventing Trump from reaching the White House.

H/T Huffington Post | Illustration via Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Jan 21, 2016, 5:32 pm CST