Sadness has descended on WPEngineer last week. Michael Preuß, one of our WPEngineer Team, died suddenly after a short illness and after a memorable life.
Frank and I are still in shock and we can't realize that Michael left us without saying goodbye. He leaves a big gap in our life. He was not only our teammate at WPEngineer, he also was a very good friend, who have shared the same love for WordPress and the community as we do.
We didn't meet us very often in person, since we live quite far away from each other. But when we did, we always had a blast and fun talking about WordPress and other stuff that was going on right now around the world. But most of the time we were talking on the phone for hours, literally.
This time our reunion was one of Frank's and my saddest moment. We had to carry Michael to his grave. It was painful, incomprehensible and unbearable at once. Unlikely for us, not one word about WordPress, this time we had to mourn the loss of our beloved friend Michael.
Feb 2009 - Matt meets WPEngineer: Frank, Michael, Matt, Alex
Just 4 years ago we got to know each other and became very good friends. Michael, Frank and I had the urge to give the WordPress community something back, a platform for writing tips, tricks and solutions for the WordPress community - WPEngineer was born! Frank and I will continue to publish future posts, despite the loss we have.
We will also help his partner and friend Heiko, to continue Michael's life's work Xtreme Theme.
He left his wonderful and caring wife Carola and his two sons Robert and Alexander behind, and I'm sure, many other WordPress Junkies, like we are, who still can't believe he is gone forever!
You will always be in our Source Code!
In deepest sympathy
Alex & Frank