David Graeber, the anthropologist and author known for his contributions to the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died at 59, the Associated Press reports.
Graeber’s death in a Venice hospital was announced by his wife Nika Dubrovsky’s Twitter account, which said the immediate cause of death was internal bleeding.
Graeber, a New York native, was educated at the State University of New York at Purchase and the University of Chicago, and later taught at Yale and the University of London.
Graeber, an anarchist, was known as a major figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and is credited with describing members of the movement as “the 99%.”
His Penguin Random House editor, Tom Penn, remembered Graeber as a “true radical,” the Guardian reports.
“David’s inspirational work has changed and shaped the way people understand the world. In his books, his constant, questing curiosity, his wry, sharp-eyed provoking of received nostrums shine through,” Penn said. “So too, above all, does his unique ability to imagine a better world, borne out of his own deep and abiding humanity.”
And on Twitter, essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote, “He was a real intellectual; very real: not one fake cell in his brain, not one fake bone in his body … He thought independently. He was monstrously original. He had intellectual courage. The world seems much much smaller today than before Sept. 2.”
David Graeber— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) September 3, 2020
He was a real intellectual; very real: not one fake cell in his brain, not one fake bone in his body.
He thought independently.
He was monstrouly original.
He had intellectual courage.
The world seems much much smaller today than before Sep 2.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.