Rick Springer Dies By Own Hand – October 5, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

GERLACH, NEVADA – Anti-nuclear activist Rick Springer was found deceased at his ranch in Garlach, Nev. last week. he was 59.

Though initially believed to be the victim of a heart attack, the Washoe County Coroner’s Office said that Springer died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Rick Springer

Springer, who lived in Arcata for a time, founded the Hundredth Monkey anti-nuclear activist group. He gained renown for interrupting a speech by President Ronald  Reagan in Las Vegas, smashing a statuette and attempting to gain public attention for a nearby nuclear test he was protesting.

“He was one of those guys that wore his heart on his sleeve,” said John Springer, Rick’s brother. “But when he made up his mind, he followed through with it.”

In recent years, Springer had roamed the U.S. and Mexico with some burros, teaching environmental values. He had since settled at a ranch in Nevada, and was married just a few weeks ago.

John Springer said the sequence of events has left the family puzzled. “We’re all trying to deal with that,” he said. He plans to visit investigating detectives and make sure that that the suicide ruling is accurate, “We want to know why,” he said. “Maybe there needs to be more to it.”

Friends and acquaintances filled the North Coast Journal’s blog with sad remembrances.

“Rick was one of my heroes, a total inspiration to face horrible realities in a powerful way,” said Stacey Depolo. “I was so proud of him the day he confronted Reagan and got us the press coverage we couldn’t get any other way, for one of the most important issues of our time. We had such a journey together on the 100th Monkey trek to Nevada, and his courage became a source of strength for me for years to come. I will never forget him and I hope his spirit has a smooth transition.”

“I was proud to call him my friend,” said Jim Smith.

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22 Responses to “Rick Springer Dies By Own Hand – October 5, 2010”

  1. Chuck R

    He was a true patriot, a man with beliefs and a fervent commitment to what was right. RIP.

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  2. justine

    heart attack, now bullet ? ‘find this truly difficult/impossible to believe – rick would never have chosen the place or way described – and you’d think anyone competent would have seen the difference in deaths immediately – hope further info and autopsy is published – prayers with all the family and friends

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  3. LeighB

    So sorry to hear this sad news, and it is odd, newly married, that this is thought to be by his own hand. I wish his family support and understanding at such a troubling time.
    Always, a high school chum

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  4. Matt Nicodemus

    Though many activists working for peace know the scale of the challenges we face and the depth of commitment and action required to make meaningful progress, few of them follow through on that knowledge sufficiently in their own lives. Rick did. I’m glad for all that he achieved, and deeply saddened that his influential, inspiring life ended so early. I hope that effort will be made to educate the world about Rick, and to understand how things progresses to their final point for him.

    Rest in Peacemaking, Rick!

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  5. rosie kobernik

    I believe there is more to this, WAY out of character !!! just saying ???

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  6. julie

    I am shocked,I spent a tremondous amount of time with Rick, visiting with him at Leaky Creek..I feel he struggled with a certain amount of depression..When your as sensitive a soul as he was..the world is not a kind place..He brought me a lot of joy..we had some excellent conversations…he had struggled so long in the pursuit of securing his property..Does anyone know if he finished the cat house…I hope there is a complete investigation in regaurd to his death.. Nothing would surprize me…A lot of folks didnt care for Rick..My heart goes out to his family…My beautiful man, rest in peace..

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  7. Peter

    Very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Knew Rick from his early days in Altadena and understand that he and John did not have an easy childhood. Admired Rick for his spunk, always willing to take on a challenge for better or worse. He was a successful landlord, bicyclist (Frank, remember that cross-country trek?), backpacked everywhere, sailor who unfortunatelty lost his boat and almost his life in the Atlantic, and, of course, his environmental activism and later work with burros. Had not seen him in awhile and always wanted to have a conversation with him about his perspective on life, but unfortunately that opportuntity will not come. Rick left a positive imprint on this world and will be vey much missed.

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  8. Eric

    I’m sorry to hear that Rick passed away. I Joined the Walk Across America 1992 out of Belgium somewhere at the end of August and stayed at his place at Lake Mead at a trailer park for a couple of days. I Bought at that time an activist t-shirt (to be the 100th monkey) which i still have in my possession. I’m Proud to wear this great t-shirt but I’m affraid it will not last forever…

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  9. Gary

    Rick was delusional with a lack of understanding of the past and an inability to deal with authority just because it was so. He did nothing of which to be admired. Very sad on all accounts.

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  10. Rick Paul Springer was a truly great human being. He still is a dear and powerful spirit brother, healing the planet and people he loved so passionately in ways that are apparently beyond the comprehension or capacity for appreciation, or knowing when to shutthefuckup, of such as the parasite of the previous odious brainfart.

    Rick’s greatness shines on through time in the inspiration and elevated consciousness he grew within those blessed by his wisdom, courage and sincerity. Rick was a positive affirmation of human life energy throughout his remarkable existence. Attempts to minimize his achievement in living true to his soul merely demonstrate the level of aggravating unconsciousness he was faced with every day, because of who he was, the clarity of understanding he had developed, and how he chose to focus his time&energy on Earth.

    Losing such a treasure of natural wisdom, humanity, warmth, humor and kindness at such an early age, at this particular time in world history, is a huge loss for our species.

    Though we lost contact after his Tri-Denting It days, it is enormously difficult to believe that Rick took his own life with a gun. I trust that there will be a conclusive report of the circumstances surrounding his death when it becomes available.

    Anyone with further insight is invited to contact me directly at projectpeace at yahoo dot com

    Peace be with you Rick Springer, wherever your Spirit soars…

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  11. Favorite RPS Quote: “Our forefathers didn’t die for the freedom to complain.”

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  12. I just now found out about Rick's death-It's crushing to me because he was such a stellar being-We spent a lot of time together in Joshua Tree and.
    a whole winter in Baja-We called him Krog-he was such a beautiful.
    giving being, filled with the Warrior Spirit to protect the planet-
    I've got great fotos that I'll scan and post-As I write these words it's hard to see the keyboard through the tears-Shit!

    #64764
  13. I just now found out about Rick's death-It's crushing to me because he was such a stellar being-We spent a lot of time together in Joshua Tree and.
    a whole winter in Baja-We called him Krog-he was such a beautiful.
    giving being, filled with the Warrior Spirit to protect the planet-
    I've got great fotos that I'll scan and post-As I write these words it's hard to see the keyboard through the tears-Shit!

    #65582
  14. I just now found out about Rick's death-It's crushing to me because he was such a stellar being-We spent a lot of time together in Joshua Tree and.
    a whole winter in Baja-We called him Krog-he was such a beautiful.
    giving being, filled with the Warrior Spirit to protect the planet-
    I've got great fotos that I'll scan and post-As I write these words it's hard to see the keyboard through the tears-Shit!

    #65584
  15. I just now found out about Rick's death-It's crushing to me because he was such a stellar being-We spent a lot of time together in Joshua Tree and.
    a whole winter in Baja-We called him Krog-he was such a beautiful.
    giving being, filled with the Warrior Spirit to protect the planet-
    I've got great fotos that I'll scan and post-As I write these words it's hard to see the keyboard through the tears-Shit!

    #65998
  16. I just now found out about Rick's death-It's crushing to me because he was such a stellar being-We spent a lot of time together in Joshua Tree and.
    a whole winter in Baja-We called him Krog-he was such a beautiful.
    giving being, filled with the Warrior Spirit to protect the planet-
    I've got great fotos that I'll scan and post-As I write these words it's hard to see the keyboard through the tears-Shit!

    #66083

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