Andre Espaillat died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, in the arms of his husband, after a long and courageous battle with cancer (multiple myeloma).
A longtime resident of Dallas who was living in Seattle and Vancouver, Espaillat was a motorcycle enthusiast, racer and teacher. Known as the "2 Wheel Tiger," he wrote extensively about his illness at motocancer.blogspot.com, and inspired thousands with his courage, insight and humor.
Espaillat was a member of several Dallas organizations, including the Texas Sports Bike Association, the North Texas Sports Bike Association, the Spectrum Motorcycle Club, CMRA, RPM/WERA and the Dragonflies.
He is survived by his husband, Ed Fortuno III, of Vancouver, B.C.; and his mother, Anita-Louise, brother Rick, brother-in-law Gary, sister Trina and niece Alex, all of Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (leukemia-lymphoma.org) or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).
A celebration of his life with his Dallas family and friends will be held at a private residence on Aug. 8. For more information, e-mail
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 31, 2009.