By Tony Sokol
GREEN VALLEY, Arizona, August 8, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — The vampire community, a diverse group of horror fans, lifestylists, occult practitioners and exchangers of blood and energy, lost a guiding light. Elizabeth Bishop, who was better known as Sanguinarius, died on Aug. 3, 2015, it was announced by her friend Jeff Holland.
“The Vampire Community has suffered an immense loss of a pioneering elder, educator, and role model. A short while ago it was relayed and confirmed from a very dear friend, that Sangi (Sanguinarius) passed from this life on the morning hours of August 3, 2015,” read the official statement on Facebook.
“As more information becomes available and a memorial fund is established, we will update this page and/or it will be provided via third-party channels.”
“First of all I would like to thank all of you for your kind condolences,” wrote Holland.
“Sangi is survived by her dear mother and her cat, ‘socks.’ The latter who I inherited and who currently sleeps on Sangi’s side of the bed only. I went to the funeral home and seen my precious gal layed out in black. I know she would have loved that.
“Her mother is currently making plans to transport Sangi to the family crypt in Kansas City. Liz and I were together off and on for over 15 years and I believe her years in Arizona were the happiest of her life. I know they have been for me. She was the type of person who never let her setbacks or health issues slow her down. Contributions to a memorial fund through this site to keep her work going would I am sure make her happy.”
“Sangi, thank you for all that you did for the real vampire community and those who were inspired and helped through your resources. We love you and our heart aches – you will be missed more than words can adequately express!”
Elizabeth Bishop, or Sangi, as she was affectionately known, was born December 17, 1970 and started the informational site Sanguinarius.org For Real Vampires in the spring of 1997.
Holland said a GoFundMe campaign has been started for a memorial service for the influential webmistress.
This writer spoke with Sangi several times. She was a great supporter of all aspects of the underground that grew from the love of horror.
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