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Alexander Shulgin hat Ecstasy nicht entdeckt (das war Merck in den Zwanzigern), aber er war der erste, der die Herstellung synthetisierte und MDMA als therapeutisches Rauschmittel untersucht hatte. Rest is Love, Peace and XTC.
Heute morgen ist er im Kreise seiner Angehörigen gestorben. Sad Day. (Und ich hab tatsächlich vor ein paar Tagen erst ein kleines Interview für einen Radiobeitrag über die 90ern und XTC gehalten.) RIP Sasha, danke für alles.
Around 5 pm PST on June 2, 2014, our long-time friend and role model Sasha Shulgin died after several years of battling various illnesses. He had recently been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Around 6:30 pm we received phone calls from two members of the Shulgin team letting us know the sad news. Much love to his family and those whose lives he touched, from the Erowid Crew.
Vor zwei Tagen hatte seine Frau Ann Shulgin auf Facebook geschrieben:
Sasha knows that he's dying, but that doesn't bother him. He doesn't know he has cancer of the liver, and there's no need for him to know; that knowledge would give him nothing useful. After all, as he has said, "We all have to die of something!" Thanks to all of you for your support all these years. We appreciate every single dollar and every note or e-mail. You have kept our Tibetan and British caregivers here with him, and he has been surrounded by love and a lot of laughter, due to your help and compassion.
Hier die 2010er Doku Dirty Pictures über Shulgin und XTC:
Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Esctasy. Considered to be one of the the greatest chemists of the twentieth century, Sasha's vast array of discoveries have had a profound impact in the field of psychedelic research. 'Dirty Pictures' delves into the lifework of Dr. Shulgin and scientists alike, explores the world of these scientists; their findings and motivations, their ideas, and their beliefs as to how research in this particular field can aid in unlocking the complexities of the mind.
[update] BBC: Alexander Shulgin, 'Godfather of ecstasy', dies aged 88