Feb 21st, 2017

Brian Vigneault, 35 year-old father of three, has passed away from unknown causes after live streaming World of Tanks for 22 hours straight. Vigneault was live streaming in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation and fans report that it wasn’t uncommon for him to be streaming 20 hours a day a few days a week.

Stream moderators report that Vigneault got up to have a smoke about 22 hours into his stream, at 3:30AM CST. When he didn’t come back, viewers assumed that he had fallen asleep. However, the next day when a friend sent him a message to ask him a question, a detective from the Virginia Beach police responded and said they were investigating the death of Vigneault.

Kotaku has verified with the police department that this report is real. Meanwhile, World of Tanks clan FAME have left this message for clanmates to honor Brian’s time with the game.

“Sad news from Virginia beach, one of the most famous NA streamers and a member of our clan Poshybrid has passed away at the age of 35, 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…”