Washington worked on such titles as Extreme Justice, The Batman Chronicles, JLA Secret Files, Ninjak and Shadow Cabinet in the 1990s, but the writer had fallen on hard times by the end of the decade. Washington sometimes worked at a call center and catalogue warehouse, but that he found himself homeless several times.
Thankfully The Hero Initiative -- the comics industry's non-profit group dedicated to helping professionals in dire financial and medical straits -- was able to offer Washington some assistance on numerous occasions. Indeed, the writer's last work was for the recently released edition of the Hero Initiative's annual Hero Comics anthology, in which he detailed his deeply unfortunate circumstances and the need to support the organization.
On Monday, June 25th, a funeral service was held for Robert L. Washington III in the Bronx borough of New York City, with a second service to come in Detroit, Michigan. The service was attended by various comic book creators, classmates, and friends from Robert’s various creative, work, and hobby circles. Through the actions of Robert’s friends from Milestone Media, Inc. and his classmates from The Roeper School, The Hero Initiative was able to use all of your donations to pay for the service and provide Robert’s mother and two of his sisters with the means to travel from Detroit, Michigan to New York and give him a proper funeral.
Among the people who donated are: Jim McLauchlin, Braille Tshirts.com, Walt Simonson, JBC Innovations, Al Ewing, Comics Conspiracy Dewey’s Comic City, Phil Hester, Steve Niles, Brian Holst, Patrick Gleason, Greg Pak, Chapel Hill Comics, Charlotte McDuffie, Ross Campbell, Dark Tower Comics, Conjoined Comics, Brian Wood, Richard Starkings, Wizard’s Asylum and many, many more! In the end, over three hundred people donated funds, and Robert’s mother, Kathy Washington, gives her thanks to all of you for your generosity and kind words. To all of the fans, friends, journalists, and supporters who offered their time, money and sentiment for Robert and his family, you are the heroes.
Thank you for helping The Hero Initiative create a happy ending to the story of Robert L. Washington III.
Manuel A. Carmona
**The information posted here was taken from Comic Book Resources, Comics Alliance and The Hero Initiative websites.**