Dr. Marc Abrams, also know as the “Walking Man”, was found dead in a backyard, hot-tub yesterday, at the age of 58.
Even if you are not a Los Feliz/Silverlake resident, chances are you have seen Dr. Marc Abrams “walking” through the streets of these neighborhoods at some point in time. Dr. Abrams was famous for walking the streets of Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, tanned and shirtless, with only a pair of shorts and running shoes, every day while reading, since the 80′s, rain or shine. The retired doctor walked hunched over, usually reading a newspaper — even at night. “I read at night,” he told the Times. “I take a small flashlight along with me. I get my newspapers read during my morning walk. At night, I read books and magazines. I subscribe to about 20 magazines a month.” He did not stop to talk, you had to walk with him to have a conversation. He called walking a part of his routine; a 20 mile walk,a 2 mile swim, followed by 4,000 push ups…and an extra 15 miles of walking on Wednesdays and Saturdays!! A local celebrity, Abrams was also the subject of a short documentary called The Walking Man, and was interviewed by LA Weekly in 2009.
He had become such an integral part of the community and is depicted in a mural at 2943 Sunset Blvd. We send our condolences and prayers to his family, friends, patients, and…to his community! He will be deeply missed.
A memorial walk has been organized for Sunday, in his honor as well as a Memorial Facebook Page
The cause of death is not known at this time, but an autopsy has been scheduled.