15 April 2010 - Jack Herer, author of the books like Grass and The Emperor Wears No Clothes passed away in Eugene, Oregon. He was 70 years of age. Jack Herer was an iconic advocate of cannabis legalization and was known with the international cannabis community as the Emperor of Hemp.
The leader in the modern marijuana legalization movement, was discharged from a Portland hospital in October last year. Herer was brought to Legacy Emanuel Medical Centre after suffering a heart attack following an emotional speech at the 2009 Hempstalk festival. In the speech Herer called for opposition to marijuana taxation plans.
22 Sept 2009 - The condition of US cannabis activist Jack Herer, who collapsed after a speech he gave at a law reform rally last week, is said to be stable but still critical.Herer was brought to Legacy Emanuel Medical Centre in Portland Oregon after suffering a heart attack following an emotional speech at the 2009 Hempstalk festival. In the speech Herer called for opposition to the marijuana taxation plans that are currently being brought forward. The weed warrior was kept in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Family members told friends he was brought out of coma last Saturday. As of that day there was little change in Jack Herer's condition. He has not awakened, and is in stable but critical condition. The author of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" is still fighting for his life, but he's not fighting it alone. His friends, family and followers, numbering in the tens of thousands, are holding strong that “Jack will be back”.
Jack was transported to hospital and was forced to undergo emergency Angioplasty surgery to clear arterial blockages. His condition was said to be critical.