Obits: Mario Duane Gardner

1968 – 2002

Mario was dramatic, angry, compassionate and wickedly funny. A performance artist, actor, and one of the most beautiful singing voices ever (an angel and demon sharing one voice.) He did mainstream but what really showed his talent was the undeground feature film, Days of Pentcost and an award winning series of shorts called Whitney – Mama’s Little Baby. Mario committed suicide at the end of June. There was just too much pain, in the world, in his soul, in his own body from living with Aids, in his mind, his note said to forgive him for being weak. I would never consider you weak, Mario. You lived life strong and hard with a sweet fierceness I admired. I miss you. – C.P.