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I honestly do not know if there are still some old members to remember who was Mike (aka BigMike) but I thought about writing something in this forum because mike was part of this family for a long time and probably have some friends around.

I met Mike in 2004 here, at the beginning he was my mentor, helping me in all aspects of online marketing.

After a while Mike offered me my first online job. Then we worked together for 16 years becoming my partner and my BEST FRIEND.

Yesterday after fighting for a week with a brain hemorrhage, he passed away.

Thanks,

Diego and His Trusty Sidekick BIG Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    That's really sad news, Diego, but thanks for letting us know.

    Mike was a generous and knowledgeable contributor to this forum for several years. There are many here with cause to be grateful.

    RIP Big Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Sad news. Big Mike was looked up to by many here and helped so many by sharing his knowledge. He was a real Warrior.

    RIP Big Mike.

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    Good-bye Mike...RIP.
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    Always sad news when one of the good guys moves on. RIP and condolences to his loved ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I'm truly shocked. Diego - I remember how much Mike thought of you and how encouraging he was. He thought you were brilliant (but then added, 'or at least really smart' and then laughed). I know it was a great partnership for the two of you.



    For a long time 'back in the day', Mike and I spent from 30 minutes to 2 hrs talking on skype several days a week - when we partnered on the 'mania' memberships. When we split, we didn't speak for a couple years (mainly both of us stubborn) but thankfully we had gotten over it some time ago.

    I know one of his younger children is only about 11 but not sure that's the youngest. This must be so hard for his family. Thanks for letting us know.


    RIP Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Leatherman
    Big Mike's youngest child is only 3 years old. I was really blessed with him being my friend and my mentor.

    We had a lot of fun Doing business together and just joking with each other. We were on Skype together just the other day.

    I am going to miss him more than I can say.


    Big Mike helped many on here. And loved to go toe to toe when he thought someone was wrong or just plain stupid.

    My deepest condolences to Anastasia and the children.

    Thank you! Big Mike for being my friend. I love you man.
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    RIP Mike.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Truly a sad day.

    Semper fidelis, marine.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    RIP Big Mike.

    The past few month or 2 I have noticed a handful of internet marketers passing on through my Facebook feed.

    Always sad news.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Until recently my communication with Mike had been infrequent for about five years. Then a few months ago he began including me in email updates about a script he was working on, we started kicking ideas around, and it felt like good the ol' days again. His sudden health issue and subsequent passing was a complete shock and still seems unreal.

    To say that Mike made significant contributions to this forum and community would be a gross understatement. He touched many lives, mine certainly included. My heart goes out not only to his family, but also to Diego and Ken who have had a close friendship with Mike for many years.

    Rest in peace brother. You are missed more than you could know.
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  • Profile picture of the author stanleyday25
    I did not know Mike personally but I read his articles and they helped me in my IM journey.
    Rest in peace, Mke.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by Diego Hernando View Post

    I honestly do not know if there are still some old members to remember who was Mike (aka BigMike) but I thought about writing something in this forum because mike was part of this family for a long time and probably have some friends around.

    I met Mike in 2004 here, at the beginning he was my mentor, helping me in all aspects of online marketing.

    After a while Mike offered me my first online job. Then we worked together for 16 years becoming my partner and my BEST FRIEND.

    Yesterday after fighting for a week with a brain hemorrhage, he passed away.

    Thanks,

    Diego and His Trusty Sidekick BIG Mike
    Sorry to hear he passed. I remember reading plenty of his posts over the years and plenty of his replies. Prayers go out to his family for sure.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Big Mike was definitely one of the good guys here. If you don't know him you'd do well to go through some of his old posts.

    Rest in peace, Big Mike. Condolences to his family.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Big Mike was definitely one of the good guys here. If you don't know him you'd do well to go through some of his old posts.

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      Yeah I do not think I had even one small conversation with the guy. But he seemed like a man of integrity and just a really good person. I'm sorry I never got to know him.


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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Yeah I do not think I had even one small conversation with the guy. But he seemed like a man of integrity and just a really good person. I'm sorry I never got to know him.


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        One thing I never knew about him until recently. He was the founder and past owner of Incansoft. I had bought stuff from them in the past. I just somehow missed that fact.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Belknap
    Damn, this is terrible news. A few of us, on another forum, was trying to get a group project going and it was a lot of fun while it lasted.

    BigMike was always there to help out anyone. He even sent me his paypal script when I was talking to him about doing something similar.

    We could use more people like BigMike in today's world. What a lost.

    My prayers go out to his family. I sure hope they will be alright.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Very Sad to hear, Big Mike helped alot of people out on this forum and elsewhere. Did not know him personally but he will be missed. Condolences to his friends and family. Rest in Peace
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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    The last year and a half BIG Mike was my mentor and my business partner, but most importantly, my friend.

    In that time I got to know his kids and his amazing wife, learned some really cool Greek words (yep, all the bad ones) and we spent a lot of time just laughing and never getting a damned thing done!

    He pushed me to new levels that I never knew I was capable of because he thought I was smart (silly man). He had the patience of Job with me.

    He was one of the best contributors here and other places. Always willing to help.

    It's not enough to say he will be missed. There is a void that cannot be replaced.

    ~ Theresa
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    This news has hit me harder than any I've had in years - including my own diagnosis. I'm going to miss talking to him more than anyone else on this planet.

    I'll see ya on the other side, pal............but not just yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author adaum
    Crossed his path and talked a bit in the early days of the forum... was one of the good guys.

    RIP

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
    Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear this. Diego, thank you for taking the time and effort to let everyone know of his passing.
    Big Mike was kind to me back in my just-starting-out days and I really appreciated the help. Not everyone is willing to reach out to noobs, but the ones who do make a huge positive mark. He was one of the good guys.
    My condolences go out to his wife, children, all those he loved, and all those who loved him.
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  • Profile picture of the author Parlaypaulie
    So sorry to hear this sad news, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and this entire community... Thank you for letting us know Diego...
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. RIP, THank you for letting us know Diego
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    RIP BigMike
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    Good-bye Mike...RIP.


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  • Profile picture of the author artemis360
    Yes, I do remember him. I've bought many products from him... probably his entire product line. He will be missed.

    RIP Big Mike.
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    RIP, BigMike... you'll definitely be missed
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam X
    Real sad news. He will be missed.

    RIP Mike
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    RIP Big Mike.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cothivale Books
    Really sad news. He will be missed.

    RIP Mike

    Sincere condolences to Diego and of course "Big Mikes" family !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Jett
    Sending my condolences to BigMike's Family and Friends. RIP and keep an eye on your old group...
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  • Profile picture of the author Linder
    Although I did not personally know Big Mike, this is sad news. May he Rest In Peace. My sympathies and condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Terrible news, so very sorry to hear this unfortunate update about BigMike!
    Incansoft and the good ol' days, always very interesting software applications...
    Nice and Smart, it was always nicely affordable with a mix of Creativity in lots of different ways with making money!

    I have a good feeling Diego and BigMike will still be continuing in a different way of working together in his memory and a continued relationship of friendship and BigMike's love of helping others.

    If I remember correctly, when BigMike kinda retired from internet marketing awhile back both BigMike and his wife were working together in a volunteer type of arrangement giving back to their community back home in Greece I believe setting-up different schools and educational centre's for children and young people to learn and have good opportunities to advance their education. Both BigMike and his wife were very involved at the time. Hopefully if I remember correctly, on those details,
    BigMike's name lives on and continues together with his wife and all the kids with that program.

    Diego, thank you for sharing this unfortunate news about BigMike and please when you have some time, please let us know if I'm remembering correctly with the educational and school program that I've mentioned with any future updates that you might be able to share about BigMike, his wife and family on my quick little story shared here.

    Either way, very sad news... RIP BigMike from the good ol' days! ...

    Take care,
    Dave
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    RIP Big Mike.
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    RIP Big Mike!
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    R.I.P BigMike. I hope your family cam find peace and comfort in these trying days.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonic74
    That's really sad news...


    R.I.P. Big Mike Kotzakolios and good heaven


    I bought a lot of products (software and niche sites) from you and one thing that I still remember is that you were a very helping guy
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  • Profile picture of the author Smithy299
    So sorry...
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    RIP Big Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie12
    BigMike is one of the first marketers who inspired me to embark on the Internet Marketing journey.
    I owe a lot to his skills, competence and great availability.
    He created a huge following ...at the same time his departure created a great void.
    The entire IM world looses one its main actors.
    So sorry...

    Rest in peace and condolences to his loved ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agent Blackhat
    That is absolutely crazy. I can't believe it.

    I'm still on the mailing list and was using Mike's stuff 10 years ago.

    Man, you never know what will happen next.

    I just don't have the right words to express how I feel about this.


    Shocking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    Well that was one of the biggest shocks of a lifetime. I'm so sorry diego I know he was helping you with the free membership you set up. What a terrible time for you and he. So so so sorry.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Diego Hernando View Post

    I honestly do not know if there are still some old members to remember who was Mike (aka BigMike) but I thought about writing something in this forum because mike was part of this family for a long time and probably have some friends around.

    I met Mike in 2004 here, at the beginning he was my mentor, helping me in all aspects of online marketing.

    After a while Mike offered me my first online job. Then we worked together for 16 years becoming my partner and my BEST FRIEND.

    Yesterday after fighting for a week with a brain hemorrhage, he passed away.

    Thanks,

    Diego and His Trusty Sidekick BIG Mike
    I personally didn't know him, but this is very sad news and hits me very hard. Life is short.My condolences to his family and friends.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezjob
    I'm very sorry to hear this. I liked Big Mike and his quality products. May the Lord Bless and Keep you Mike. RIP.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
    While I can't say we were friends, we have communicated many times over the years. He was very generous with his time and knowledge. I learned quite a bit from him.


    RIP BigMike.
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  • Profile picture of the author agni
    Really sad news that Big Mike is no more.

    A great personality always willing to help others. He had helped many newbies find their foot in IM and I happened to be one.

    His knowledge and expertise are impeccable. An Internet Marketer who believed and sticked to marketing ethics.and carved out his success.

    A real loss to the IM Community. Hope that Diego will be the torch barer of what Big Mike stood for in the years a head.

    May Big Mike's soul rest in peace.

    Agni
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