Arijit "Poop Strong" Guha has died of colon cancer

Arijit "Poop Strong" Guha (Twitter), a really sweet guy who took on a dirty rotten insurance company and stood up to TSA "Flying While Brown" bullying (while wearing a t-shirt designed by Boing Boing's own Cory Doctorow) has died.

He was 31, and had metastatic colon cancer.

I did not know Arijit in person, but we exchanged a number of internet messages since we met online as cancer-compadres. His wife posted this today to their Facebook page.

It is with the deepest sadness I have ever known that I share the following: Arijit Guha—the bravest, kindest, most compassionate man to grace this planet—died earlier today. He went peacefully, at home, surrounded by love and free from pain. He lived his life, even up to the very end, with warmth, humor, and positivity, and his boundless capacity for hope and love gives me strength. He will be greatly missed, but I know that his beauty, goodness, and desire to make the world a better place will continue on through all of the people and lives he has touched.

My heart is aching, but the pain is eased a bit knowing that he has the support of such an amazing community of people, so many of whom have never met him. I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done for him. He is truly an inspiration (though he hated being told so), and I will be eternally grateful to have had him in my life, and to have been able to share him with all of you.



Here's a Facebook memorial page for him: "Celebrating Arijit, Life, and Hope."

Arijit Guha—rabble rouser, do-gooder, mustache enthusiast—died on March 22, 2013, after a spirited, graceful, and inspirational bout with cancer. His life was one of love, optimism, joy, humor, and compassion, and this page is to celebrate that life.

My heart goes out to you, Heather, and to all who knew and loved this kind young man.

Fuck cancer. And fuck injustice. Long live love.

(via Arizona Daily Star and @KinkyCancer)


  1. What a shame. I just read about all he went through with Delta and being kept from flying.

    Too bad neither of the shirts aren’t available anymore.

    Thank you.


  2. Arijit’s beaming face was always so uplifting, and what a special person to wear it while fighting cancer.  Unforgettable character.

  3. Rest in peace, Arjit. Thank you for handling your insurance predicament in such a way it is now less likely ever to happen to anyone else. 

    1. Hopefully others won’t have to resort to that kind of struggle to get coverage.  Not the best time in one’s life to have to become an activist.

  4. Terrible news. Arijit was a fantastic person.

    Colon cancer is one of my worst fears; I know somebody who died from it at 41. The worst thing is that I really feel like there’s nothing one can do about it.

  5. Arijit did seem like an awesome person, it’s true. Colon cancer (or duodenal cancer – similar thing) took my brother, also aged 41, a few months ago. He had a Whipple procedure – look it up, it’s ridiculous. And he was ok for a while afterwards but cancer came back in his liver and he didn’t last long afterwards. Then 2 months after that my dad, aged 69, died of lung cancer (he was only ever a light smoker, and he stopped completely 30 years ago). Oh yeah, he also had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood marrow, which complicated the treatment. So please allow me to join in your rousing chorus of FUCK YOU CANCER for decimating my family. And fingers crossed for you Xeni, and lots of strength with the waiting and the worrying. I admire you for getting shit done in the meantime.

  6. Fuck cancer. Can’t wait till we finally kick its ass. My thoughts to him and his loved ones. 

  7. Good bye brother, may your crazy awesome humor and understanding be spread amongst the less fortunate.  Oh… and rock that stash across the universe.

  8. 31? How the hell does such a young person get colon cancer? That’s awful and condolences to his friends and family.

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