A popular online gamer has died mysteriously, following a 24-hour charity livestream game.
In the final hours of a 24-hour Twitch livestream marathon, a famous gamer walked off screen, only to be discovered inexplicably dead by the authority the next morning.
Brian Vigneault, a father of three, died 22 hours into a livestream session on the gaming network Twitch on Sunday.
Vigneault was a well-known gamer under the username PoShYbRiD, he was streaming a 24-hour session of the game “World of Tanks” to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when he left for cigarettes.
He didn’t return, moderators assumed that he had fallen asleep. The next morning, a friend attempted to contact Vigneault on Discord, a messaging app for gamers, only to receive a response from a detective with the Virginia Beach Police.
According to Virginia Police, Vigneault had passed away the night before, according to PVP Live.
The Federal police is currently investigating the cause of death, a police spokesperson has told Polygon that they found Vigneault dead on the scene.
“There is no reason at this time to suspect foul play,” Virginia police said.
Vigneault, 35, was known for chain smoking and drinking during his sessions, and
Based on the YouTube Channel LiveStreamFails, he had been streaming for some 20 hours a day for seven days straight.
LiveStreamFails also says that during his last livestream session, Vigneault raised over $2,400 and pledged $500 of his own money to charity.
Following his death, Vigneault’s Twitch channel was made into a “memorial channel” by the moderators, and many of his 7,000 fans have been leaving their condolences.
Meanwhile, his gaming clan, FAME, shared a link to a GoFundMe campaign that was created on Tuesday to support Vigneault’s three children. Within the first few hours, nearly $1,000 has been raised out of the $10,000 goal.
It is not the first time that a gamer has died during a long gaming session. In South Korea, a 19-year-old man died after playing online games for more than 12 hours in 2010, based on the NY Daily News.
CNN also reported a 32-year-old man in Taiwan also died after playing video games for three days in 2015.
The Twitch community guidelines prohibit self-destructive behavior, including “any activity that may endanger your life or lead to your physical harm,” but they do not mention any risks associated with long-term streaming.
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