Dan, the “Star Trek” fan dying of cancer who J.J. Abrams screened “Star Trek Into Darkness” for, has since passed away. The longtime supporter of New York’s Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival has been identified as 42-year-old Dan Craft.
The NYAFF Facebook page posted a farewell to Craft. He became an Internet sensation in recent weeks after his wife and friend took to Reddit to see if they could somehow get the “Star Trek Into Darkness” prologue screened for him before he passed away. Abrams did the lifelong Trekkie one better and showed him a rough cut of the entire movie.
Here’s the NYAFF Facebook post:
“Last night [Jan. 4] around 10:15pm, Dan Craft, who has been a member of Subway Cinema since 2004, passed away. His wife and brother were with him when he went, and he wasn’t in any pain. He’d been a bit loopy for a few days as his liver failed and toxins built up in his blood, and on Thursday his wife asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom. ‘I’m going…’ he proclaimed, ‘Into the future.’
See you there, Dan.
Dan Craft: 1971 – 2013
We miss you.”