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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Haunted by visions of the Silver Lake Walking Man

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



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2 comments

  1. Yes, I still miss seeing him and find myself looking for him, too. I see that even Los Angeles magazine had a little “In Memoriam” tribute note to him. To those of us who have lived in Silver Lake for many years, I imagine we will always be looking for him….just around the corner. You put it well when you described it as a “slightly eerie presence”. This holds true particularly at night, because he used to always walk right in the street, and I found myself driving more carefully in the evening. Even now, I still do.

  2. I was driving through the neighborhood last weekend and stopped short because I thought I saw him, too. RIP, Dr.

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