She was a sexy, charismatic, vibrant, talented figure, who I had a MAJOR girl-crush on for several years, to the point of writing her in to one of my novels.
I went to her and David's wedding, an incredible event that took place at The Great American Music Hall.
Several years ago she had a back injury and never really recovered. There were issues with her pain management and various complications relating to that. Seeing her in the last few years was always sad and painful as she became more and more diminished from the person she'd been, barely able to speak or sing, but always hanging on and hugging me and letting me know she appreciated my friendship.
I got an email from my friend Tommy on Monday night saying she'd passed away in her sleep earlier that day. I asked Tommy to call me and we spent a few hours chatting and morbidly reminiscing about the ones we've lost in the last few years. Rachel, Jack, Jim, Lane, Brendan...and now our beloved Julie.
The service is Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is having his annual Summer Karaoke Potluck party. I'm suspecting/hoping it will service as a de facto wake for Julie.
She would have like that.
Here are Julie and David doing their signature rendition of "I Got You Babe." (Sorry the quality isn't great. If I get some pictures to show you, I will.)