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Phoenix poet Bernard Schober, known as The Klute, has died

People knew him as “The Klute” before they even knew his first name.

But people didn’t need to know his name to know Bernard “The Klute” Schober as the tall, boisterous, shark-loving, fiercely kind man he was.

While Schober was hiking Piestewa Peak in Phoenix on July 18, he called 911. After being found unresponsive, he was pronounced dead at HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center due to heart complications. He was 49.

“I was in the middle of planning his 50th birthday party and now I’m planning his memorial,” Schober’s friend Lauren Perry said.

Perry and many more members of the metro Phoenix poetry community are reeling after Schober’s death.

Schober was a regular at several local poetry slams across the Valley, from Fair Trade Coffee to the now-closed Essenza Coffee House. He was a familiar face in the local poetry scene and a nationally acclaimed slam poet with more than a dozen published poetry books.

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