Groom of arranged marriage at Mall of America dies at 48

Published 8:15 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — The groom who said “I do” to a woman he had just met in a well-publicized wedding at the Mall of America nearly 20 years ago has died of colon cancer. David Weinlick was 48.

Minneapolis City Council member Steve Fletcher, a friend who helped arrange Weinlick’s marriage to Elizabeth Runze in June 1998, says Weinlick died Sunday night in hospice care in a Minneapolis suburb.

David Weinlick was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in March 2017. He and his wife renewed their vows at the Bloomington mall last August.

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