Musician Mike Shank, best known for his role in the critically acclaimed 1999 documentary “American Movie”, has died. He was 53 years old.
Jackie Bogenberger, a close friend of Shanks, announced his death on Facebook on Thursday. Bojenberger told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA Today Network, that she met Shank at the Milwaukee Alano Club in Wisconsin while battling her addictions.
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“”He was simply invariably there, each single day,” Bogen berger aforementioned. “It gave me comfort and security to finally know that I would see his face when I walked through those doors at the scariest time of my life.”
Bojenberger said a celebration of life would be held on November 12 at the Milwaukee Alano club, where Shank volunteered for two decades.
In August, Shank announced on Twitter that he was 27 years old.
Bogenberger told the Journal Sentinel that about three months before Shank’s announcement, Shank began telling friends and family that he had a rare form of cancer.
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“They kept doing all these tests trying to figure out what kind, but in the end decided it was super rare,” Bojenberger said.
“It quickly spread throughout his body in a matter of weeks, touching almost everything except his brain. He did some chemo and radiation. One of the last things Mike said to me was, ‘Hey Jackie, I feel really bad for kids who have cancer. They should never have done it.'”
Bogenberger aforementioned that in each his battle with addiction and cancer, Shank was “one of the kindest and unselfish mortals ever on this earth.”
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