It's a sad day in East Lansing as one the more well known characters has passed away

According to the Lansing State Journal, “Willie the Can Man”, or Wilson Brown has passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. Willie was well known throughout East Lansing, as the guy that was always helping fellow residents or students . If you’ve ever been to an MSU tailgate or at a house party in East Lansing, you’ve probably seen him around.

For about the last 20 years, Willie could be seen doing tasks around East Lansing for cash or cans, or collecting bottles and cans to return. Willie even sold t-shirts to make cash, such as the custom t-shirt shop Retro Duck printed shirts with funny slogans like “Don’t be silly, give your cans to Willie”, and would give them to Willie in exchange to for a ad spot on them.

His family also has a Go Fund Me page to help pay for funeral expenses, you can see that and donate here.