Aaron Huffman, the bass player and co-songwriter for the local band Harvey Danger, died Sunday of respiratory failure after a battle with cystic fibrosis. He was 43.

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Aaron Huffman, the bass player and co-songwriter for the local band Harvey Danger, best known for its 1998 single “Flagpole Sitta,” died Sunday of respiratory failure after a battle with cystic fibrosis at the Highline Medical Center in Burien. He was 43.

Huffman had most recently been the art director for The Stranger, where he worked with his Harvey Danger bandmate Sean Nelson, the arts and music editor. Nelson wrote a tribute to Huffman on Slog, The Stranger’s blog that read, in part:

“He drew essential life force from the rhythms and pleasures of Seattle, from the friendships he made while walking its sidewalks, drinking its drinks, seeing its art, reading its comics, hearing its music. The homemade subcultural life here in the early ’90s drew Aaron out of his intense shyness, and gave him a model for emerging as the smart, funny, gentle, discerning artist, husband, and father he became.”

Huffman, Nelson and Harvey Danger bandmates Evan Sult and Jeff Lin met while working at the University of Washington student newspaper, The Daily.

Huffman is survived by his wife and son. Memorial arrangements will be announced on The Stranger’s website. Donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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