Last night, Clayton James, the partner of Eduardo “Eddy”Gutiérrez (aka Hyperion), posted to Facebook that the prominent rootworker, podcaster, priest, and community leader had died from a sudden cardiac event earlier in the afternoon. He was 38.
“Today, at 3PM, Eduardo Manuel Gutierrez, love of my life, Died at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital after suffering a cardiac event. He was 38 Years old. There are many, many people who will miss him and at this time it is difficult for his loved ones to contact everyone individually so I am publicly providing this notice. We will update everyone publicly as we try to move forward. […] Thank you and love to all.”
At the news, the many, many people Gutiérrez had touched in his work started posting tributes and remembrances for a man who proudly labeled himself a “modern day witch doctor” and was a voice of love and empowerment for Pagan men-who-love-men.
“Creator didn’t bless me with a good brother by blood, but He did at least let me have a good brother for a good part of my life. I love you, Eddy Gutiérrez.” – Mambo T Chita Tann
“A candle lit for my friend and brother of the art, Eddy Gutierrez; Rev. Hyperion; Dr. E., who died today unexpectedly at the age of 38. He was an initiate of several spiritual and magical traditions, and was the founder of the Unnamed Path, a shamanic tradition for men-who-love-men. I had the pleasure of knowing Eddy in overlapping spiritual circles, and am proud that he was my Reiki Master/Teacher. We shared several deep conversations over wine (and pomegranate margaritas!) about magic, spirits, and the nature of the gods. He was charming, intelligent, witty, bright, and passionate. Eddy, May your soul be surrounded by light, and may you find peace in the darkness. Your work and spirit has touched many. May the passion you had in life live on in the communities you served. I will remember you. And what is remembered lives.” – Storm Faerywolf
“Eddy Gutiérrez, you were a wonderful brother, a compassionate leader, a voice of strength, and tender beloved to Clayton James, an amazing son, a true man of spirit. Thank you for all you did for us in this world, and please do watch over us from the next.” – Yeshe Rabbit
“I just received the saddest news from Vicky Sirgo Gutierrez — my dear friend and fellow conjure doctor, Dr. E., Eddy Gutiérrez, died today of a massive heart attack. My soul is weeping for his partner, Clayton James, for his mother Vicky, and for all of us who came to know and love him over the years. He was a stalwart, strong, ethical, and loyal leader in both the Santeria and hoodoo communities, and there will never be another like him. Goodbye, my font-nerd buddy, dear friend, and great-souled fellow-traveller!” – Catherine Yronwode
“Blessings of an easy transition to the spirit world for Eddy Gutierrez (Rev Hyperion/Dr. E). I’m still shocked about the news and going to light a candle to the ancestors. Remembering our first meeting at Kevin’s kitchen table over pizza on my first book tour…. Sad.” – Christopher Penczak
“Blessed be, you, Eddy, Hyperion. May your spirit find rest, and then enter a joyous journey into your next adventure, whatever that may be. You were a true priest. What is remembered, lives.” – T. Thorn Coyle
Gutierrez was the founder of The Unnamed Path, a shamanic path for men-who-love-men, a graduate of catherine yronwode’s Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course, and member of AIRR (Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers). He also founded the Stone and Stang gathering, and The Unnamed Path podcast. He was an initiated Wiccan High Priest, and an initiate in Santeria. You can read a fuller biography, here.
“Today, the world lost a great Santero and Conjure man; Eddy Gutierrez passed to his next realm after suffering a massive cardiac event. Eddy was, and is, one of my primary inspirations; his tireless and stunning body of work written to support his tradition with education, integrity, and a sharp eye (and tongue) for fraudulent practices of others has always been a source of inspiration to me… someone I always wished I could be and treasured as a friend and role model. Our world was greatly enriched by his presence and his knowledge, and he will be sorely missed.” – Houngan Matt (aka Bozanfè Bon Oungan)
I was honored to meet Eddy/Hyperion back in 2011 at PantheaCon, where we were on a leadership panel together. I found him to be warm, funny, caring, and deeply passionate about his work. I know for a fact that he inspired great love and loyalty, and that the many who love him are grieving this transition. This is a major loss for our community, a leader cut down in his prime. My heart and condolences go out to all who were connected to Eddy Gutiérrez, what is remembered, lives.