Statement from the Family of Herbert E. Meyer
On the morning of September 25, 2018, Herb left home for his beloved daily bicycle ride, just as he had thousands of times before. As he neared home, something caused him to lose control and crash. Herb was found unconscious and immediately flown to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple life-threatening injuries, including serious head trauma.
Though the doctors initially believed there was a chance that Herb might regain consciousness and -- in time -- some of his faculties, it was not to be. After nine months in a deep and sustained coma, he died on June 23, 2019.
We do not know what caused the accident; we simply know that it happened. There is no reason to believe Herb was hit by a car and we know with certainty that he was wearing his helmet and riding responsibly, as he always did. Whatever happened that day was truly unpreventable.
Herb is missed daily by his friends and family who had relied on his love, wisdom, humor, and optimism for decades, as well as by the thousands of people who read his books, listened to his presentations, and attended his speeches. Herb was a wonderful man and a loving husband and father. While the world has been made poorer by his absence, it was made richer by his presence.
One of Herb's last public speeches was recorded and is available in full below. The video and audio quality are excellent, and Herb is in superb form: No notes, a full command of his audience, and a rational message of hope for the future. If you enjoy it, please share it.