The Twitch community is mourning the loss of one of its charity streamers this week. Brian “PoShYbRiD” Vigneault was found dead during a 24-hour charity stream on Sunday evening. The 34-year-old was an avid streamer and often played the MMO, World of Tanks.
Apparently, the streamer stepped out for a smoke break in the middle of his Twitch stream and never returned. About an hour later, Virginia Beach Police was called about an “unresponsive individual”, according to Polygon. They pronounced him dead at the scene. The cause of Brian’s death is still a mystery but a thorough investigation is being conducted. While the Virginia Beach Police Department said that there is no reason to suspect foul play currently; they simply carry out investigations for any unexpected deaths.
PoShYbRiD did quite a few charity streams and had developed quite the following on Twitch. At the time of his death, his channel had over 7,000 followers. According to his profile page, he had raised over $10,000 for various charities. The World of Tanks fan was even sponsored by the creators of the game he had spent the last 5 years playing and loving. Wargaming.net, the publisher of his beloved game released this statement about the Twitch streamer: “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.” His fans found out about Brian’s death on his Discord channel.
Brian’s father has set up a GoFundMe in order to benefit the 3 children that Poshy is leaving behind. The Twitch and WoT communities are feeling the loss of one of their beloved community members as condolences flood in from fans all over the world. From The Nerd Stash, we send our deepest condolences and positive thoughts to Brian’s family, friends, and fans.
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