Freeport, Illinois — Some very heartbreaking news tonight in Freeport. We are devastated to learn, as of just a few hours ago, of the passing of Carl Schwartz. Carl’s family made the announcement at approximately 4:00 p.m. that Carl passed away with family by his side at his home today.
Carl’s son Miles wrote, “Today, 05/15/18, Carl was able to take an ambulance ride home from the hospital. About 10-15 minutes after returning to his home, Carl took his last breaths with my two sisters and me holding his hands.”
Carl was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on April 24 of this year.
While there are no words to express the sadness we feel right now for family and everyone who knew Carl, as a small tribute, we’re airing this piece. It in no way attempts to represent Carl’s life as a whole, his family, friends or the endless number of people whose lives were touched by this man. It’s just a little something from us.
Today, life got one of the good ones. Here’s to you Carl.
From Carl’s son Miles
“Hello there everyone, this is Carl’s son Miles…
I would like to share the last week or so of events with you, as I think it is very important that everyone knows what has been going on, and what happened, since Carl is loved, and cared about by SO many people. We know there are, and will be a lot of unanswered questions.
As many of you already know, Carl was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on 04/24/18. Unfortunately, not only is this type of cancer not curable, but by the time that it is discovered it progresses rapidly.
I don’t have a very good idea of what all to share here, but I want everyone to know SO much about how Carl handled this process. Carl was not pleased of course by his illness and poor prognosis, but from the second he got the information he was accepting of it, and ready to fight in any way that he could. He knew that this fight was not to try to beat the cancer, but to be able to spend all of the extra time possible that he could with his family, loved ones, friends, and fans alike. He very, VERY much wanted to share more music with everyone!
Last week, Carl was admitted to the hospital. While in the hospital Carl was able to see and share his feelings, thoughts, and beautiful goodbyes with all of his grandchildren, all of his children, his close family, and a few close friends. Unfortunately Carl’s health was not up to receiving all of the visits that he would have liked to have had while he was there.
Please understand everyone that no one close to Carl knew that this would progress this fast, including himself.
In Carl’s time at the hospital he was surrounded from the moment he entered the hospital until the moment he left the hospital by his children, and close family. Carl spent this time cracking his goofy (sometimes dark-humored) jokes non-stop with all of us, as well as the medical staff. Carl also spent a few moments thanking every single staff member personally, not only for their care for him, but also for their roles in their professions as well. Carl spent time rocking out to some of his favorite music, as well as plenty of TRANSIT, and Masterplan! Even at the times Carl had difficulty communicating, his feet would still tap away (In rhythm mind you) to the music, and you could see the air guitar shredding away in full effect!
Today, 05/15/18, Carl was able to take an ambulance ride home from the hospital. About 10-15 minutes after returning to his home, Carl took his last breaths with my two sisters and me holding his hands. Carl passed away in his own home right where he wanted to be, exiting stage left one last time, on his terms, from one of his most admirable performances to date!
At this time services are pending, but please note that we will be make this process open to the public every step of the way!”