Remembering Ian 

Friends and family mourn loss of RVA Magazine alum.

RVA Magazine Editor at Large Ian Graham died Sunday at Duke University Hospital following injuries received in a motorcycle accident last week, according to statements from the publication and his family. He was 32.

Graham helped launch the magazine in 2005 before moving to work in Charlottesville and later Durham. He remained close with the Richmond community, chronicling and facing arrest as a photographer during the Occupy Richmond movement in 2011.

Friend and former RVA Magazine colleague S. Preston Duncan recalls Graham as a magnetic force, proudly Democratic and a gonzo journalist never afraid to become the story.

"His philosophy was living for the moment," Duncan says. "Living and loving as fully as possible and experiencing the whole spectrum of human existence."

In a post she shared on Facebook, Graham's sister, Lydia Graham, thanked friends for their messages to her brother.

"All of you have such beautiful, warm, and real memories of Ian and the time you spent with him," she wrote. "Please always remember those times; please always remember Ian's life. He loved living it."

Read RVA Magazine's tribute to Graham here.


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