Nov 16, 2007

live, fast, die young

A guy tells you you're going to marry his son, but first, you have to give up eating for twelve days.

If you are most people, you laugh, take another bite out of your Twinkie, and apologize for spitting tiny chunks on the guy's shirt as you tell him to go fly a kite. (Ah, euphemism.)

Not if you're Gloria Hahn, though.
At 2 a.m. on July 21, Hahn was found on her back at the front door of her family's house in the 1700 block of Liberty Street. Paramedics were called, and she was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where she never recovered....

Hahn's official cause of death was pneumonia that had invaded the lungs in her malnourished 5-foot-5, 115-pound body.

After a long discussion, the coroner's jury ruled Hahn's death an accident.

But after Hahn died, a minister from Rush-Copley called the coroner's office. According to Gilbert, the hospital minister said the family was telling him information he thought might be relevant to the death investigation.

The hospital minister said about two years ago an Aurora pastor told Hahn that a prophecy declared she would marry his son but that she had to fast for two weeks, Gilbert testified. At the end of that two weeks, the pastor said marriage was not in the prophecy after all, Gilberts testified.

In 2006, Hahn left her alma mater and began worshiping at the International House of Prayer, a Kansas City, Mo., church she found online, according to her mother. The organization is known for a 24-hour prayer room, where hundreds sing, fast and study the Bible.

According to Gilbert, the family lost contact with Hahn during that time. Hahn told friends she often slept during the day so she could pray through the night.

At some point while she was in Kansas City, the Aurora pastor contacted Hahn again, Gilbert said. Again, the pastor -- who was not named at the inquest -- told Hahn a prophecy said she would marry his son, but she had to fast for two weeks.

During that fast, in which Hahn ingested only water, her family somehow became aware Hahn's health was failing, Gilbert said. Hahn's mother went to Kansas City and brought her back to Aurora. Hahn died a few days later.
What a tragic combination of religiosity, depression, manipulation, ardor, and naiveté.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yet funny!

Anonymous said...

Gloria was an amazing woman and remains to be an inspiration to all who knew her. I don't see how any of this is "funny". It wouldn't be "funny" if you knew her personally!

Niki said...

No kidding. Who on Earth with any heart would find this funny?

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that this story was put together using fabricated rumors and the colimnist was called on it. In short, don't believe everything you read in the paper.
P.S. Gloria Hahn was a beautiful person and there is nothing funny about her death.