John Richard, Jim’s colleague at Essential Information, added, “Jim was a true warrior who fought the injustices of the world. He was a passionate and independent thinker who sought the truth. We were so inspired by his work and his energy that we are establishing a fellowship in his name for passionate young activists.”
In a message to friends, Marlo Thomas described her stepson as “a great light in our family, a funny character and an independent spirit.”
Mr. Donahue is survived by his father, Phil Donahue; his mother, Margaret Cooney; his step-mother, Marlo Thomas; three brothers, Michael, Kevin and Daniel and sister, Mary Rose.
According to an official statement, Mr. Donahue was cremated and his ashes “were scattered by his family in the beautiful, warm and tranquil waters of Honolulu that he loved, and where he will forever be at peace.”