Saturday, June 22, 2024

Prominent Obama Critic ‘Joe the Plumber’ Dies at 49

'He was a good man and an exceptional friend...'

(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) Joe Wurzelbacher, famously known as “Joe the Plumber,” passed away on Sunday at the age of 49 this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving behind a legacy as a vocal critic and symbol of working-class concerns.

The news of his passing was shared by Town Hall columnist Derek Hunter on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), where he expressed sorrow and called for support for Wurzelbacher’s family.

“Horrible news. My good friend Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, passed away this morning at the age of 49 from pancreatic cancer. He was a good man and an exceptional friend,” Hunter said before sharing a fundraiser for the family of Wurzelbacher.

Wurzelbacher first gained national recognition during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign season when he confronted then-Democratic nominee Barack Obama in Ohio. He expressed concerns about the potential impacts of Obama’s tax policy on small business owners, a moment that resonated with many Americans and sparked discussions about economic policies.

Amid his battle with cancer, Wurzelbacher’s focus remained on his family’s well-being. A recent fundraiser post revealed his determination to see his wife and children settled in their new home surrounded by loved ones.

Wurzelbacher’s wife, Katie, shared a heartfelt remark on the fundraiser page. “I won’t forget that smile he gave me,” she said. “It brought him peace knowing we were all together by family. And everyone who helped us move also brought Joe that peace. Truly, Truly Thank You!”

Friends and colleagues took to X to pay their respects and remember the impact Joe the Plumber had on their lives. Keith Malinak, a host for Blaze TV, expressed heartfelt condolences for Wurzelbacher’s family and acknowledged his contributions. Nick Adams, a well-known author, fondly recalled Wurzelbacher’s support during his early U.S. career, highlighting his generosity and amplification of Adams’ work.

The fundraiser can be found here.

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