UPDATE: As soon as my tribute video to her went live, which grew to 1k views in less than 24 hours, I was contacted to be interviewed for a local newspaper article honoring her memory HERE and she was paid tribute to on Lady Gaga’s social media network for fans at LittleMonsters.com. Thank you to all, for helping preserve the memory of this special fan!
ARTICLE – There are certain events in life that are not expected. There are certain people you know who you view as invincible. Well, hearing the news that my friend Stephanie Picher passed away yesterday was not expected. Seeing the inconsiderate photo from an online newspaper of her silver car crushed like tin foil under a truck trailer proved to me, despite her struggles with addiction she overcame, that no one is invincible. Stephanie was a huge Lady Gaga fan and a walking example of the virtues she wishes all her fans upheld. She was kind, she promoted peace, she encouraged understanding, and she was an amazing example of the LGBT community.
I will miss her showing me how to stud clothing. I will miss our chats at Panera about “The Walking Dead” and why Gaga’s “Jewels N Drugs” was a weird choice. In general, I will miss being able to text her to see if she could hang out, as she lived a half hour away from me. Sometimes, she was distant, but we all go through personal struggles or crazy work loads in life, so I didn’t take it personal. Anyone who knew her can attest to the fact that if you had her attention as a friend, you had her 100% and it’s very sad to lose her. I compiled a lot of the footage of her I was lucky enough to shoot (as well as an interest piece from when she won a Gaga GMA pass) and made it into a short film entitled “Steph” HERE. You can also see her in a promotional video from Best Buy for a “Born this Way” album release party HERE and an autobiographical video she did on herself HERE. Rest in Peace.