Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, who earned the nickname “Godfather of ecstasy” for developing a new method of synthesis for MDMA and introducing it to psychologists in the 1970s, died today from liver cancer, aged 88.
Shulgin’s work has obviously been controversial, as he’s been cited as the creator of ecstasy, which he tested on himself, his wife Ann and a group of friends, having apparently had over 4000 trips in his lifetime.
As the news broke out today, we turned to Twitter to see some of the best reactions to the chemical scientist’s death, and found that loads of users had inadvertently admitted to taking ecstasy.
There were the comedians.
The scientist who invented ecstasy, Alexander Shulgin, has died. His funeral is expected to last four days. Bring water.
— kojaknicholson (@kojaknicholson) June 3, 2014
Then there was this girl who’d obviously witnessed everyone tweeting about the giant octopus stranded in Oxford Street earlier today.
The God Father of Ecstasy dies and people are tweeting about a giant octopus on Oxford St. I feel a conspiracy theory in the making
— Catherine Kelliher (@kitty_kelliher) June 3, 2014
Then there were the Breaking Bad fans
Would it be a fair to say that Alexander Shulgin was the Walter White of ecstasy?
— Niyant Shah (@niyantshah_) June 3, 2014
There was also this guy, who may now be taking all of the drugs, just to live as long as Shuglin did.
Alexander Shuglin has died aged 88. 88! And he took ALLLLL of the drugs. War on drugs, HA! What a waste of money – http://t.co/LZHAOeztma
— Rex the Dumpling Egg (@Foo_Cough) June 3, 2014
And then, there was this guy…
Cue: Loads of people inadvertently revealing they've done Ecstasy to their families via. RIP SASHA Facebook statuses.
— Pope Lonergan (@thedailybumbler) June 3, 2014
…who was proven right, by everyone else.
— blaine speed (@APNblainespeed) June 3, 2014
I had the best time, Thank you. BBC News – Alexander Shulgin 'Godfather of ecstasy' dies aged 88 http://t.co/61KAZB0Qxr
— . (@ProperTricky) June 3, 2014
RIP Dr Alexander Shulgin, and thank you for some absolutely blinding nights out!
— Julian Zammit (@Zammo72) June 3, 2014
RIP Alexander Shulgin, thanks for tha molly
— (@BlvkkHippy) June 3, 2014
Just heard that Alexander Shulgin died yesterday! He created probably the happiest chemical compound ever! Proper hero
— Steven Butler (@sjbutler9390) June 3, 2014
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