Detroit’s Joseph Gadson passes away

Joseph Gadson (Detroit, USA)

Photo by Joseph Gadson (Facebook)

The Detroit chess community is mourning the devastating loss of Joseph Nathan Gadson. He died yesterday a day shy of his 36th birthday from the complications of gastroparesis, a rare disease that primarily affects the gastrointestinal system.

Joseph stated that he was hospitalized in August 2020 with severe stomach pains and extreme nausea. After repeated visits to the hospital, doctors discovered his condition. With mounting expenses exceeding $30,000, Gadson made a GoFundMe appeal to assist in his financial situation and described his dire situation. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the right treatments to reverse the condition. He leaves behind his two daughters (Autumn and Summer) of whom he had custody.

His close friend Derek Wilder hosted the Detroit Killers podcast and Joe would co-host and speak on a number of issues. One of the most interesting segments was the debate on the strongest African-American chess masters in Detroit history. He would also show his passion for various topics including sports, music, and politics. It is a huge loss for chess as Joe was a likable and very engaging person. He will be missed in the chess community, but particularly Detroit and the National Blitz League.

Shown here at the 2003 Chicago Open, Joseph Gadson was touted as a rising talent, making Expert at age 18. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Joseph Gadson
(August 14, 1985 – August 15, 2021)

James H. Cole Funeral Home
16100 Schaefer Hwy
Detroit, MI 48235

Public Visitation: Monday, August 23rd, 2pm-9pm
Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 24th, 11am-12pm
Repast: Immediately following, details TBD

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

4 Comments

  1. This is from Joseph’s sister, Tiffany Yvette Jones

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, Joseph Nathan Gadson.

    Joseph lost his battle with a chronic illness Saturday, August 14th, a day shy of his 36th birthday.

    The family thanks you for the outpouring of love, and shares in the grief of his absence.

    The planned services are as follows:

    James H. Cole Funeral Home
    16100 Schaefer Hwy
    Detroit, MI 48235

    Public Visitation: Monday, August 23rd, 2pm-9pm
    Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 24th, 11am-12pm
    Repast: Immediately following, details TBD

    Please post any pictures and videos you have of him on this thread ASAP. If they are posted before Thursday we can try to include them in the program.

    For those asking how to contribute, donations will be accepted and placed into a Trust for his daughters, Autumn and Summer. They can be directed to his sister, Tiffany Jones, at the accounts below. Please be sure to note your name and “for the girls” in the note.

    Cash app: $Grandmajonez
    Venmo: 313-283-2837
    PayPal: tiffanyyjones@gmail.com
    Zelle: tiffanyyjones@gmail.com

    With love,
    Gadson/Jones Family

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