Dave Dave, born David Charles Rothenberg and later David Jordan Robinson, (June 18, 1976 – July 15, 2018) was a conceptual artist whose father was discovered responsible of making an attempt to kill him by burning in 1983, when he was six years outdated.
Dave died on July 15, 2018, on the age of 42 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas from problems as a consequence of pneumonia.
Rothenberg attended ArtCenter College of Design. By 1996 he was utilizing solely his first title; he then legally modified his title to Dave Dave, to “free myself of [Charles Rothenberg’s] title and his legacy”, as he mentioned then. He grew to become a home music DJ, music producer and rap musician; in 1996 he directed a music video for Kelli Lidell. He later targeted on conceptual artwork in Las Vegas. His work included a challenge titled Lifted that he mentioned grew out of “a aware need to encourage others to be higher than themselves” and collaborations with artists together with Sheridee Hopper.
David Rothenberg made tv appearances, met celebrities together with Michael Jordan, and have become a pal and protégé of Michael Jackson, Marie Rothenberg married Richard Hafdahl, a police officer who had supervised the hearth investigation, and moved to Orange County, California with David. In 1985 she printed a e book titled David, which was tailored into the 1988 TV film of the identical title. In 2019, Marie Rothenberg and Mel White reissued her e book as David’s Story: burned by his father’s rage, healed by his mom’s love  with replace and extra materials.
Dave had third-degree burns over 90% of his physique; he required finger and toe amputations and obtained a complete of greater than 100 pores and skin grafts. He was badly disfigured and through one grafting operation skilled mind swelling that led to seizures and different problems. Charles Rothenberg, who said that he had initially supposed to kill himself in addition to his son, was sentenced in July 1983 to 13 years in jail, the utmost permitted on the time for his offenses; pointers have been modified because of the case. He was launched in 1990 on three years’ supervised parole after serving seven years. After two years he fled, however turned himself in to authorities. In 1996 he was tried for a capturing in Oakland, at which period Dave, then 19, visited him in jail; he learn an announcement to him by which he said that Charles Rothenberg was “not a father, however an imposter”. In 1998 Charles Rothenberg modified his title to Charley Charles, and in 2007, after additionally being convicted of varied offenses in two different states, underneath California’s three strikes legislation he was sentenced to 25 years to life for weapons offenses in San Francisco. Kamala Harris helped pursue the prosecution of Rothenberg in April 2005.
David Rothenberg was six years outdated and dwelling along with his mom, Marie Rothenberg, within the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, when his father, Charles Rothenberg, kidnapped him to California. The mother and father have been divorced and in battle over custody of David; after the 2 argued on the phone, on the night of March 3, 1983, at a motel in Buena Park, Charles gave his son a sleeping capsule and after he fell asleep, poured kerosene on the mattress and set fireplace to it. He left the room and watched from a phone sales space throughout the road whereas different friends rescued David.