Sad news to report today, as founding Giant Bomb member and former Gamespot employee Ryan Davis passed away on July 3rd at the young age of 34. No cause of death was given.
Along with Jeff Gerstmann, Ryan Davis founded Giant Bomb in 2008, a gaming entertainment site that has attracted a wide following. He was one of many Giant Bomb employees that recorded videos, Let’s Plays and podcasts all about video games.
His loss has had a profound effect on Giant Bomb and the industry at-large as many video game journalists and industry workers have expressed their condolences and memories via Twitter. Giant Bomb’s Matthew Rorie informed the public today with a solemn article.
Ryan Davis passed away on July 3rd. He was 34.
Obviously we’re all stunned over here. Ryan was a good friend to all of us. It’s odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don’t recall ever actually being mad at him. He had an unconventional type of kindness that expressed itself more strongly the longer one knew him, and despite his teasing nature, he always managed to make his close friends feel loved when his attention turned towards you.
Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.
The consolation we can feel from that is miniscule compared to the hole that Ryan’s absence will leave in our lives. That’s not a hole that is possible to fill; it’s just something that we’ll just have to get used to walking around with, and that will not happen for a long, long time.
Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Ryan Davis’ family, friends and the folks at Giant Bomb.