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Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Virginia gamer mysteriously dies during 24-hour charity gaming session

Virginia gamer mysteriously dies during 24-hour charity gaming session

Fans who were watching the stream of the online game World of Tanks wondered what happened to Brian Vigneault as he never returned to his computer.

Gebauer, a fellow video game streamer, said Vigneault looked "really, really exhausted", so she and other viewers watching him play urged him to get some rest. Brian "PoShYbRiD" Vigneault was found dead during a 24-hour charity stream on Sunday evening.

Jessica Gebauer, 29, a friend of Vigneault, told the Associated Press that the 35-year-old father of three didn't look well while playing the popular wargame World of Tanks.

Other players had assumed he had fallen asleep, but later realized Vigneault had died when a detective confirmed his death in a message to a fellow gamer on Discord, a text chat for gamers.

He is also thought to be the first person to have died while taking part in a livestream on Twitch, the huge gaming platform that is owned by Amazon. "The death is under investigation, but police have "[no reason] to suspect foul play". But it is not the first time that a death has been reported after a long video game session.

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According to his channel, Brian "Poshybrid" Vigneault had already raised over $10,000 for "various veterans and children's charity organizations" before his unfortunate passing in the early hours of February 19, 2017.

The moderators of Poshy's Twitch stream have turned his channel into a memorial, where users have been sending their condolences.

Vigneault's gaming clan, FAME, posted the following statement on Facebook. Let's all hope that he is in a better place right now, and may his soul Rest in Peace. Kotaku recently did an interview with a variety of streamers about the pressures they feel to keep the momentum going - well worth the read to learn a thing or two about the folks who sacrifice their personal lives to keep us entertained.

Vigneault leaves behind three children.

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