In the final hours of a 24-hour Twitch livestream marathon, a popular gamer walked off screen, only to be discovered inexplicably dead by police the following morning.
Brian Vigneault, a father of three, died 22 hours into a livestream session on the gaming network Twitch on Sunday. 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.
After 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. The officer confirmed that Vigneault had passed away the night before, according to PVP Live.
While Virginia Beach Police are investigating the cause of death, a police spokesperson has told Polygon that they found Vigneault dead on the scene, and said, “There is no reason at this time to suspect foul play.”
Vigneault, 35, was known for chain smoking and drinking during his sessions, and according to YouTube Channel LiveStreamFails, Vigneault 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.
In his last tweet, Vigneault says he only has eight hours left before he reaches his 24-hour goal, and planned to spend more time on the livestream.
His gaming clan, FAME, posted the following message: “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…”