: #Domain dropped years after registrant’s death is currently in a drop auction at DropCatch, and we investigated why this original 1997 registration expired and dropped.

The domain was renewed in 2009 for a full 10 years – a year after the death of its registrant, Denver inventor and TenDix LLC founder, Timber Dick.

In April 2008, Timber Dick lost his life in a car accident, and we can assume that the domain name was either on automatic renewal at GoDaddy, or someone at his estate renewed it for 10 years the following year.

Either way, that decade passed and in 2019 it was renewed for a year, before finally dropping in April.

It’s unfortunate that was once in the possession of an entrepreneur who passed; Timber Dick’s other domain,, was somehow renewed for a year and it’s listed for sale at GoDaddy. – Jonathan van den Broek on Unsplash

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4 Responses to “ : #Domain dropped years after registrant’s death”
  1. Mika says:

    I was thinking about this and thought, oh no, what a shame his family lost the name… and then it occurred to me that to Timber Dick it no longer means anything and it is not a massive loss for his family as the value is not really high.

    In any case, it does make me think about my one domain name and who will best manage it if I pass away. I wouldn’t want it to be lost on non-enewal, but my family and friends have no idea how domains work. I have written it down for them in any case. I don’t put much faith into those guardian services either as I have been left high and dry before…

  2. Mika says:

    Hmmmm, I didn’t explain that well above. I guess I mean to say that my first thought was that his family lost the name before it hit me that what was all so much more important was that they lost him.

  3. DomainGang says:

    “all so much more important was that they lost him”

    And that’s the universal truth. Be safe!

  4. Epik has that “domain for life” offers, how many times after you die would they continue to renew it?

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