A man known as Joe Homeless,who spent more than a decade...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 24, 1999

A man known as Joe Homeless,who spent more than a decade living on the streets of New York City and had his story published, died Tuesday of heart failure at 56.

The man used Joe Homeless as a pen name and, according to friends, did not want his name known. He died at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, according to George McDonald, president of the Doe Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists homeless people.

Using a tape recorder he had fished from the trash, Joe Homeless dictated his story while living on the streets. The tapes were transcribed and published by New Horizon Press under the title, "My Life on the Streets."

"He guarded his privacy jealously," said friend Julie Weiner, a health counselor who met Joe in the late 1980s.

Pub Date: 5/24/99

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