South Florida's Notable Deaths Of 2012

Dec 27, 2012

Hundreds of cyclists showed up for a memorial bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway following the hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, 36.
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South Florida lost a number of notable figures in 2012.

Bee Gees singer and former Miami resident Robin Gibb died at 62 after a battle with cancer.

Tony Goldman, the developer credited with turning South Beach and Wynwood into thriving destinations, died at 68 from heart failure.

And Bishop Agustín Román, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the Cuban exile community, died of a heart attack at 83 years old.

Elinor Brecher, who writes obituaries for the Miami Herald, said that one of the deaths that still sticks with her is that of  36-year-old Aaron Cohen. The young father, beloved community member and avid cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run while cycling on the Rickenbacker Causeway. 

"When you write obituaries there are many categories," said Brecher, "and there are some, you know, very old people who die peacefully in their beds. Yes, of course they'll be missed by the people who love them. But then there are others that just seem so pointless and this was one of them."

Following Cohen's death, hundreds of people showed up for a memorial bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Brecher says the bicycling community has rallied behind Cohen's memory and that his death brought bicycle safety into the public consciousness.

You can read Elinor J. Brecher's obituaries for Tony GoldmanBishop Agustín Román and Aaron Cohen at the included links.