Jeff Rahenkamp, the colorful 38-year-old owner of a popular tattoo shop in downtown Medford, died Monday afternoon after suffering a recent stroke.
Rahenkamp has been ill since the end of June, but his health degraded rapidly after he contracted pneumonia.
"I am personally pretty brokenhearted," said Diane Raymond, a friend, business associate and executive director of the Heart of Medford Association. "It is a loss to the community. It really is."
Raymond held Rahenkamp's hand Sunday night as he lay unconscious at the hospital, saying goodbye to him.
"It seems an absolute crime that someone with that much fight and that much vision is gone," she said. "He was larger than life, and he had such a colorful personality."
— Damian Mann