For those of you who haven't heard, Jeff suffered brain death today at around 11:30 a.m. at Brackenridge. His blood pressure began dropping in the middle of the night last night. They took Jeff out from under sedation, but couldn't get back any positive results when testing his reflexes and autonomic responses (such as coughing and the like). A brain flow test was administered on Jeff and it was determined that he had no blood flow to the brain- a result which indicated brain death.
Jeff's family, Mandy, and myself thank everyone for their support. Jeff was clearly an amazing person, and the tremendous outpouring of love and support that he and his family have received is a testament to the quality of his character and the degree to which people loved him. He was one of the most vibrant, energetic, fun-loving, and caring people that I've ever known (he would be embarrassed by that last bit of description, but it's absolutely true- Jeff would go to any lengths for a friend in trouble, and I say this out of personal experience).
I have lived in Austin for most of my life, and I have never seen the level of empathy and compassion that this tradgedy has produced within our community. Please keep the Wilsons and Mandy in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers as they struggle through the grief of this event and try to begin the healing process.
On a final note, please, please, please don't drive after you've been drinking. Drinking and driving has killed one of my best friends, and it can be averted for the cost of a cab ride or with a phone call to find a different driver. Don't let your ego become involved when you start drinking. Alcohol impairs judgement, and just because you feel that you can make it home doesn't mean that everyone on the road should have to assume the risk of your questionable decision.
At any rate, that's all for now. I love you, Jeff, and I've loved being your friend and neighbor.