Vale Philip Coppens (1971-2012)

Philip Coppens

The end of the year brings tragic news, with the passing of a very good friend of TDG, researcher and author Philip Coppens. Philip has been closely aligned with this site since almost the very beginning (so much so that I still struggle to type Philip rather than Filip, which he originally went by) - I've posted links to his regular, fascinating online articles over the years, and he contributed a number of features as well to our Darklore print anthology series (Volumes 1 to 5). He was less than a month younger than me, we had very similar interests, and both of us had a similar work ethic to our research, so I certainly felt that he was a kindred spirit. I was lucky enough to meet up with Philip at a Nexus conference here in Australia a few years back, and we had a good, long, personal chat about the whole scene and our experiences over the years. Philip had what I felt was an almost eidetic memory when it came to his research, he could converse at length about any number of Fortean subjects, remembering all the history, people involved, and esoteric connections off the top of his head (something that I struggle with). While he authored a number of books, and was a regular presenter at conferences and recently on TV with Ancient Aliens, for me he will always be remembered as a Fortean researcher with very few peers - you could always count on him to find something fascinating that hadn't been uncovered before. We didn't see eye to eye on a number of conclusions (e.g. the Bosnian pyramid), but we both respected each others' work greatly. I recommend that you browse his website to get a feel for the breadth of knowledge the man had on a wide range of topics.

In the last few months Philip had been suffering from a mystery illness, which was finally recently diagnosed as a rare and very aggressive form of cancer, angiosarcoma. I understand a number of emergency surgeries were necessary in the past few days, and in the end it was all too much, with Philip passing away on December 30th, aged just 41. His wife Kathleen McGowan posted the following message:

My eternal beloved, my grail knight, my poet prince has made his transition. He is in the arms of the angels. In his last words he asked that I thank you all for loving him so much. We were both so greatly blessed. Good night, sweet prince. My love for you knows no boundaries and no time.

Philip's passing also comes on the back of another fantastic researcher, with the death of astronomer and long-time psychical investigator Professor Archie E. Roy, author of the recent book The Eager Dead (and I tried to make it even worse by having an emergency situation myself with anaphylaxis due to a wasp sting).

Farewell to two fellow explorers of the strange, may all the mysteries be revealed to you now. You will be remembered.


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red pill junkie's picture
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This is a really shitty way to end 2012 for all Forteans.

I had the good fortune of meeting Filip last October, thanks to the Paradigm Symposium. Scotty Roberts had the kindness to pick me up at the airport, and riding his been were Filip, Kathleen & Marie D. Jones. Everybody was in such high mood, including him.

Farewell, Filip. I'm sure someone of your caliber will manage to keep himself busy on the other side.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie

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too young, too young

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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I had the good fortune to meet Philip a few years back in Glastonbury, where I picked his brains on the recently-released Bloodline film (about which he was under no illusion!), amonst other things. He was a level-headed and genial explorer of alternative history and spirituality. His death is a sad loss to his new wife, to his family and to the field.



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Phillip's writing was always the best researched, most comprehensive and by far the most interesting. I devoured his books, and was always visiting his website to get his take on the recent revelations.

He never seemed to be wrong, either: even when someone disagreed with him, Phillips's persuasiveness was such that we walked away wondering, "Maybe he's right," even when we first thought there was no way we could be dissuaded from our own POV.

All seekers of the truth have lost a true champion, one who was less interested in making a fortune off of his opinions, and more interested in getting to the truth of the matter.

Usually when someone passes, we say, "Now, he's where all truth is revealed." With Phillips's transition, it's more like, "Now *They* know the truth."

Requiescat in Pace, Phillip.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so certain about the former."
-- Einstein

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May the Angels of Mercy bring solace to his family and friends.

We are richer for his being among us, and poorer tonight for his loss.


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So, so sad a way to end 2012.

My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


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So sorry to read this news,he will be missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Rest in Peace Philip