Rest in Peace Ben Raemers
Nobody is prepared to write things like these. Ben Raemers took his life over the weekend. Words can’t describe the pain and hurt in my heart right now thinking of his poor soul and the burden he must’ve carried deep within. On the outside, Ben was such a happy-go-lucky guy who would share everything he had with his mates. To best describe him would be to say he was a puppy dog—bundles of energy mixed with dumb curiosity tangled within a body with absolutely no coordination. Every day was an adventure. Every experience, no matter what it was, was the best thing he had ever done. He had this aura about him and he left an impact on every single person he met. I loved Ben like only an older brother could—being disappointed with him at him at times, and so, so proud of him at others. I have this overwhelming feeling of guilt for not seeing the signs. I’m devastated he never reached out for help, but mostly I’m angry I’ll never see my little buddy again. Ben will forever live on in my heart as that naive puppy dog running around happily exploring the world. He will forever be young. Your friends will always love you and miss you, Ben. —Louie Barletta
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12/05/2019Jon was a pioneering champion for disabled skaters and practically made his invisible with an attitude and attack on the board true to his Texas roots. He knew there were others in way worse situations. Glad to have had some great sessions with you. Our deepest condolences to the Comer family. –Sam Hitz
10/10/2019Help us to continue Ben Raemers' legacy by improving mental health and wellbeing in the skateboarding community. The Ben Raemers Foundation seeks to raise awareness around the tools, techniques and skills that can be used within the community to address issues surrounding mental health and suicide.
8/12/2019On August 9th, 2019 we lost a true legend. He not only inspired me when I first met him, he inspired the world with his amazing talent. –Rudy Johnson
6/01/2019Check out this tribute video of the late Ben Raemers. Brilliant skater, beautiful soul. We miss you, Ben.
3/07/2019The Panda Army specializes in celebrating the good times and there’s no better place to exalt the blessings of life than in the skate paradise of Barcelona.