May Aaron Russo Rest In Peace

An old friend, Hollywood icon and warrior for freedom just passed away. Hollywood producer and former presidential candidate Aaron Russo had been battling cancer for years and it finally caught up with him. I just spoke with immediate family members and confirmed his passing.

Aaron accomplished many things in his life; I’ll merely highlight a few. As a musical producer and promoter, he brought Led Zeppelin to the United States and managed Bette Midler and the Manhattan Transfer. As a movie producer, he is perhaps most known for The Rose and Trading Places.

In politics, he starred in Mad as Hell and recently produced America: Freedom to Fascism. He also ran for Governor of Nevada on the GOP ticket and for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

In our last telephone conversation, Aaron told me he’d kick my butt if I didn’t do what I could to ensure Ron Paul is the next president of the United States. This was his style. While some have viewed his rough-appearing exterior in a negative manner, those of us who knew him realized what a Teddy Bear he truly was. For those who aren’t aware, Aaron has a long history with Congressman Paul.

My whiskered old cheeks haven’t seen a tear on them in quite some time; I can’t type any more right now. I’ll relay more information as the immediate family has time to deal with the situation.

If I had to guess the epitaph Aaron would prefer, it would be this: All your freedoms, all the time!

12 Replies to “May Aaron Russo Rest In Peace

  1. Given the contributions of Led Zepplin and Bette Midler to pop culture, Mr. Russo deserves a large obit in the NYT. And a big send off from the LP.

    May it be so.

    A sad day indeed.

  2. I was so sorry to hear the news from Gary Franchi. Aaron’s film “From Freedom To Fascism” should be seen by everybody who values their freedoms. Thanks, Aaron. Dean, Bingley, UK.

  3. I am very sad to hear of Aaron’s passing. I can say this, though: his effort to restore our liberty will live on and gain more and more momentum. I have given copies of “America: Freedom to Fascism” to 5 friends and family members and each one had a profound awakening experience while watching that film. One friend said he had to turn it off for 10 minutes at the half-way point because he was hyperventilating! Since then, I’ve ordered and freely distributed over 100 copies of the AFTF DVD. I expect to order and distribute even more in the future.

    Thank you, Aaron, for what you have done.

  4. I have lost a dear friend who inspired me to political activism; who was not ashamed to express his love; who could be bombastic and then playful, cerebral and then silly, but always honest in his feelings.

    He garnered the love and admiration of my wife and two younger kids, phoning the house and spending time talking to my 10-year-old daughter, Kate, before asking to speak with me about his 2004 Georgia nominating campaign.

    He expressed his admiration for my son, Jason, and provided a positive influence on a his young life that will travel with him on into adulthood.

    He loved life, family, entertainment, the Constitution and Liberty.

    His loving partner Heidi and their two sons, Max and Sam, were his real treasure.

    His legacy is the example he set for the rest of us: To do all we can with what we have to preserve personal liberty, accept diverse lifestyles, promote justice, allow free markets to function and reserve the personal right to be merciful to those around us.

    I thank my God that I met Aaron Russo and pray for his family in this time of grief and loss.

  5. Oh man, this really sucks. Aaron Russo was a great freedom fighter. His film “America: From Freedom To Fascism” inspired millions. I heard that he was planning to make a part 2 of it. Too bad that he won’t get to do that now.

    Unfortunately I never got a chance to meet Aaron Russo in person, but I did get to speak to him on the phone once during a Freedom Force International ( ) conference call. The subject that we spoke about was the 2008 Presidential election. He said that he was thinking about running as an independent or entering the Republican primary himself, either that, or backing a candidate to run as an independent (he still liked the Libertarian Party, he was just concerned about minor party labels scaring voters away) or in the Republican primary. Either that or he wanted to back a candidate for an independent run or in the Republican primary. The candidate that he most prefered was Ron Paul.

    Thanks for everything, Aaron. You will be missed.


  6. Aaron Russo was a servant of freedom. R.I.P.

    Please pass on my condolences to his family. I never met him but feel like I’ve lost a friend.

  7. My deepest condolences to the Russo family; may it comfort you to know that the man you knew and loved touched so many lives and the burden of your loss is shared.

  8. Aaron Russo finally turned his guns (talent) on the right target – those who had used him and other filmmakers in the past (and still do). Oh, you all didn’t know about this?

  9. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Russo. The liberty movement has lost one of its greatest fighters. Aaron was one of the few remaining “real – in your face – fearless libertarians” left in America today. Although not unexpected due to cancer, he and his approach will be missed by many of us who continue in the quest for individual liberty, free markets, and less tyranny from so-called governments.

    Aaron Russo leaves an important legacy in movies, politics, and popular culture. From these significant contributions to the world, future freedom fighters have a foundation to carry on our dream of a freer society.

    ~ RBB

  10. I’m at a loss for words right now. I guess I will simply revert back to my up bringing and say that Mr.Russo is no longer in pain and in a much better place.

    He will be missed.

  11. The opportunities I had to work with Aaron Russo are and will remain some of my most cherished memories.

    Aaron was one of my first friends in the freedom movement, starting about 13 years ago — one of the first people to tell a newcomer “YOU can make a difference” and then push him to do so. I know I’m far from the only person who can say that about him.

    Rest in peace, friend. You will be missed and fondly remembered.

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