Doctor Marc Abrams, the legendary Silver Lake Walking Man, died six weeks ago in what was determined to be a suicide. But the years of seeing the very sun tanned Abrams walking the streets of Silver Lake – often while he was shirtless and reading a newspaper – has been stamped into the memory of many residents. Last week, Elizabeth Tobias of Echo Park was in West Hollywood when she caught sight of a familiar figure. A thin, shirtless man wearing shorts walking briskly down La Cienega Boulevard reminded her of The Walking Man. Tobias snapped the above photo above as the man walked away:
“I spotted this walker on La Cienega Blvd and the resemblance was UNCANNY- the shirtless tan, the stance, the posture and the SHORTS. He was walking fast, so I had to run after him to get my shot. I was in Maine when I read of his death and was stunned that he received so much media coverage. He was a fixture of the neighborhood and I still feel his friendly, slightly eerie presence when I walk around Silverlake.”
The 58-year-old Abrams, a doctor, died in the hot tub of his home while he was under investigation in connection with the overdose of one of his patients.
Photo by Elizabeth Tobias