Back in 2009, rumors rippled through Fisherman's Wharf that Gregory Jacobs -- one of two men who earned a living by toting foliage, springing out from behind it with a shout, scaring the bejeesus out of tourists, and asking for a tip -- was dead.
It wasn't so, however. Paramedics resuscitated him from what was, by his count, his ninth heart attack. He returned to his act on the wharf, where he wasn't exactly welcomed back with open arms: "Gregory was a jerk," wharfinger Hedley Prince told SF Weekly in '09. "Nobody's going to miss Gregory, that's for sure."
Now we can put that to the test.
Jacobs, as one can imagine, was a man as well-versed in the health system as he was with secreting himself behind foliage. His relatives told KTVU it wasn't uncommon for him to check out of the hospital and take up bush man duties anew, his ER bracelet still clasped to his arm.
In 2009, he showed up at work despite, he says, being outfitted with a pacemaker and told to avoid magnets.
Jacobs' family is hoping his remains will be interred in his native Arkansas. No one's going to jump out from behind a bush before eliciting a donation, but they hope you'll see your way to giving nonetheless.
Your money can be sent to Duggans Funeral home, 3434 17th Street, San Francisco California 941110.