Will Friend, the CEO of real estate news site Bisnow, died on Sunday after being struck by lightning off the coast of North Carolina. He was 33 years old.
According to local news station WECT, Friend was on a boat near Masonboro Island when he was hit by lightning. Civilians on the island flagged down authorities, and emergency responders rushed him to an ambulance. Despite their efforts, Friend could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead 20 minutes after being struck.
Friend was a respected leader in the real estate industry, and his death has sent shockwaves throughout the Bisnow community. In a statement released Sunday night, Bisnow president David Braun said, “Will was an incredibly passionate and driven individual who loved Bisnow and our team dearly. He was an innovative thinker and had a tremendous work ethic.”
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Braun continued, “Will was an inspiration to all of us, and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Bisnow vice president Mike Woolf also released a statement, saying, “I am absolutely devastated by the news of Will’s passing. He was an incredible colleague and friend, and this is a tremendous loss for the entire Bisnow family.”
Friend’s death is a tragic loss for the Bisnow community and the real estate industry as a whole. He was a visionary leader who helped to shape Bisnow into the successful media company it is today. His death is a reminder of how fragile life is, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
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