Popular World of Tanks Twitch streamer, Brian ‘PoShYbRiD’ Vigneault, has died during a 24-hour World of Tanks marathon. Vigneault was streaming the marathon in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. During hour 22 of the stream of February 19th, at 3:30am local time, Vigneault left his desk and never returned.
Those watching the stream assumed he’d gone for a lie down or to catch some sleep after his marathon session. A friend attempted to contact him via voice app Discord, only to be informed by a detective that Vigneault had tragically died.
Image Source: Vigneault Facebook
“There is no reason at this time to suspect foul play,” a Virginia Beach police spokesperson said to Polygon in a statement.
At the moment the cause of death has not been confirmed, however tributes are now pouring into his Twitch channel.
“Our dear friend and fellow steamer PoShYbRiD has passed away on Feb 19th,” reads his Poshybrid Twitch account. “The family has chosen to not release the details of his passing. We feel it is best to just remember him for who he was, and not think about what happened. If you wish to donate to help his three children you can do so at this GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/poshybrid/”
This tragic event certainly highlights some the concerns raised by these marathon gaming sessions. It’s all too easy to sit in one place for far too long, distracted by a game. If you’re going to sit down for a long gaming session it’s important to keep yourself hydrated and take occasional breaks so you can get a bit of a fix on how you’re feeling.