Originally published on August 5, 2008
It is with great sadness that I regret to have to inform you of the passing of our good friend Kent Daniel Bentkowski a.k.a. Kentroversy. Kent was an exceptional researcher, writer, and investigator of the para-political as well as the spiritual and magical. His web sites The Kentroversy Papers and The Kentroversy Tapes made his work familiar to many. He was a guest on this show numerous times and I also appeared on his podcast. We spoke to each other regularly and I always enjoyed spending that time with him.
Kent passed on Wednesday 30 July 2008. He is survived by his wife, young son, and sister. Kent was a good friend and accepting his passing is difficult. As many of you may have been aware, Kent was suffering recently from a number of health problems. Ultimately, he fought a lot harder and was much more courageous in the face of his condition than should be expected of anyone. Much of the time he was in pain and uncomfortable, yet he was still pleasant and able to deliver a tremendous volume of written and recorded material in a short time span. He was in the middle of working on a book about symbolism in media that was sure to have been fascinating. Kent truly was in the prime of his career. Unfortunately, we only have his legacy now, but that is no small thing. We can read his many research articles or listen to his podcasts and learn what it was that he stood for: truth, liberty, love and the ideals of the American Revolution, exposing corruption in its many guises, and that there is more to life than just what we experience with our five senses. Kent was strong-willed, loyal, intelligent, and filled with integrity. He was opinionated and not afraid to let anyone know it.
Some of my favorite moments with Kent include “Podcast 22 – A Path to Magick” in which Kent discusses his spiritual and magical path, the “Ascended Masters Discussion” and the recent “Authentic Tradition” episode on Kent’s show. He also appears in “Podcast 3 – The Kentroversy Papers”, “Podcast 11 – Kentroversy on Talismans and Mass Media Black Magic, pt. 1”, “Podcast 15 – Kentroversy on Talismans and Mass Media Black Magic, pt. 2”, “Podcast 27 – H.P. Lovecraft Roundtable Discussion”, and “Podcast 38 – A Conversation on Ancient Egypt”. (Most of these recordings are now available in the Occult of Personality Membership Section.)
Unbeknownst to me, in what was to be our last conversation, on Monday 28 July, 2008, Kent’s final words to me were, “Love is the Law.”
Kent, you are missed, Brother, and as you said many times, “I’ll catch you on the other side.” Farewell.
See also the Red Ice Creations article on Kent’s passing that features a short audio clip of Henrik and I talking about Kentroversy and includes links to all of Kent’s recorded interviews on Red Ice Radio.