A star has gone out.
On December 30th, Filip Coppens lost his battle with a rare form of cancer.
I was deeply saddened when I heard the news that Filip Coppens had passed away. Such a profound sense of loss is hard to move forward from. I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with Filip and I can only imagine the pain that his lovely wife Kathleen and their family are now feeling.
Filip was known around the world as an author and researcher. His smiling face was prominent on the hit television series, Ancient Aliens. If you only know him from television however, you're missing the true goldmine of his work, his writing. Filip penned quite a number of masterful works including, The Ancient Alien Question, The Lost Civilization Enigma and Land of the Gods. He also wrote about the mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel and was a frequent contributor to cutting edge magazines like Atlantis Rising and Nexus. Reading his material will open your eyes and bring questions to your mind.
Despite his fame in the alternative community, Filip was one of the warmest people I've ever met. The wide scope of his knowledge had not inflated his ego and he was always open to new ideas and concepts. He treated everyone in the kindest manner you can imagine but in his research he was confident and stood his ground.
I felt a special connection to Filip, the kind of kinship that harkens to other lives, other times. After my lecture at the 2012 Paradigm Symposium, Filip made a point of coming over and complimenting me. Coming from him, those compliments meant much more than he knew.
While I have no doubt that Filip has gone to a much better place, all of us who knew him, all of those he touched through his work and his writing have suffered a great loss.
His legacy will continue to shine brightly, a guiding star for those of us who explore the mysteries of this world and for that he deserves thanks.
So, thank you Filip
For being a friend
For being an inspiration
And for being the kind of human being that we should all strive to be.
I encourage you all to read Filip's last blog entry, written December 16th: