As the world reels from the death of Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles writer Robert Abele set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Gold’s immediate family with financial assistance. Gold died on Saturday from pancreatic cancer and is survived by his wife Laurie Ochoa, their 23-year-old daughter Isabel, and 15-year-old son Leon.
The $50,000 crowdfunding campaign began yesterday and has already raised, at the time of this article’s publication, nearly $9,000. According to the fundraiser page, Gold’s death left a sudden financial impact on the family, and all donations will be used for immediate expenses, as well as the children’s education. So far, there’s no public information about a memorial service or funeral for Gold.
Abele wrote the following GoFundMe description, and detailed what the funds will be used for:
Jonathan Gold’s sudden death at 57, mere weeks after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dealt a concussive blow to Los Angeles, the international food community, his many friends and a legion of devoted readers. But it stunned and devastated his family with whom he shared so many adventures —his wife, Laurie Ochoa; their 23-year old daughter Isabel and 15-year old son Leon. Jonathan loved being a food critic but he loved his family more, and though they are a valiant trio, his death has unmoored them in many ways, including financial. Contributions will help them cover immediate expenses and provide for Izzy and Leon’s education.