Twitch Streamer Mysteriously Dies During 24-Hour Charity World of Tanks Gameathon

Twitch streamer Brian “PoShYbRiD” Vigneault of Virginia Beach, Virginia was recently found dead during a 24-hour charity live stream. The Virginia Beach police recently stated that “there is no reason at this time to suspect foul play”. The thirty-five year-old leaves behind three children.

Vigneault was streaming World of Tanks in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Around 4:30 am EST, roughly twenty-two hours into the twenty-four hour marathon, Vigneault stepped away for a smoke break. He did not return and viewers assumed that he had simply fallen asleep. The next day, a friend saw him on the messaging app Discord and sent him a message. A detective from the Virginia Beach police department responded to the message and stated that they were investigating Vigneault’s death. The cause of his death is currently unknown.

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Vigneault frequently hosted streaming events and donated 100 percent of the raised funds to charity. It is estimated that he raised over $10,000 USD for various children and veteran fundraisers over the course of his career as a streamer. His Twitch account has been deemed a memorial page.

Vigneault’s gaming clan FAME posted on Facebook, “Sad news from Virginia beach, one of the most famous NA streamers and a member of our clan Poshybrid has passed away at the age of 35, we just can not find words to describe how sad is this moment for all of us and for sure this game will not be the same without the legend. Maybe the saddest lines can not really be written, and the saddest thoughts can not really be uttered, let’s all hope that he is in a better place right now and may his soul Rest in Peace, he will never be forgotten... a person who stays in our hearts never dies..”

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Wargaming.net, publisher of World of Tanks stated, “Wargaming is saddened to hear of the loss of streamer and tanker Brian Vigneault, aka ‘PoShYbRiD,’ a devoted player of World of Tanks and contributor to the Make-A-Wish foundation. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his children and family here.

Via:  Polygon
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