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Ryan Davis, 1979 - 2013

Giant Bomb has suffered a profound loss.

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.

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Edited by Th3irdEye

This was the best part of the 404ing it panel at PAX East. I felt the crowds reaction and it was awesome.

Edited by guanophobic

Is he playing #SummerJams in heaven?

Posted by End_Boss

I can't watch a video or listen to a podcast without Ryan crossing my thoughts. I still love Giant Bomb and the guys, but I don't think it will ever be the same. You will not be forgotten.

Posted by Luchen

Listening to giantbomb rewind brought me back here. I don't do much and i don't let that many people into my life and this is going to sound weird as fuck but even though i don't know anyone in giantbomb personally every now and then i feel a hole in my life. I've been following these guys all the way from the hotspot when bob colaico was still in it. The impact they've had in my life is so big i can't even describe it. I miss you Ryan, so fucking much.

The line that still gets me the most was on a /v/ thread when the news broke that read "I was a fan, you were a friend" and it broke me and it still does.

Posted by Scooter

@luchen said:

Listening to giantbomb rewind brought me back here. I don't do much and i don't let that many people into my life and this is going to sound weird as fuck but even though i don't know anyone in giantbomb personally every now and then i feel a hole in my life. I've been following these guys all the way from the hotspot when bob colaico was still in it. The impact they've had in my life is so big i can't even describe it. I miss you Ryan, so fucking much.

The line that still gets me the most was on a /v/ thread when the news broke that read "I was a fan, you were a friend" and it broke me and it still does.

Well said, good sir.

I feel the same way and could not have said this better.

I still do not feel like it is real.

I am going to be honest and admit that... for some reason a thought came across my mind that Ryan was going to surprise everyone at the PAX Panel and admit it was all either a joke or something. Kind of a sick thought, but I was THAT desperate to have him up on stage back with the rest of the crew...

Posted by Lunnington

I did not visit Giant Bomb until after Ryan's passing. I only knew him from the occasional gaming viral videos that would come out of this community, examples usually being quick looks or funny moments from podcasts. When I heard of Ryan's death, I was confused about which "one of the Giant Bomb guys" that even was. I went to GiantBomb.com for the first time and listened to the memorial podcast, and then I headed over to the forums where I found this thread and others like it.

Then I started digging deeper and deeper into the past content from this site. I'd watch quick looks and unprofessional fridays, 'Best Of' videos on YouTube, read opinion articles and listen to podcasts. I subscribed at the beginning of this year, and have been a listener ever since. I'm sad to say I wasn't aware of Ryan before he passed, but his passing brought me to this site which has become an incredible home to me and my passion for the creative world of videogames. I greatly appreciate Ryan and all that he's done despite me not being there. Thank you to Ryan, and to the community of Giant Bomb.

Posted by tysonwritesel

Missing you.

Posted by TreeTrunk

I cried watching the new kinect quicklook because it reminded me of ryan.

Posted by blacklab

I cried watching the new kinect quicklook because it reminded me of ryan.

First thing I thought when I saw it - Ryan should be doing this.

Posted by Thurbleton

stumbled across a clip of him talking about his sitting on cake event during the GDC pie-into-toilet event and had me cracking up. I still miss him : (

Posted by sawtooth

Every Tuesday... Small business man only lessens the pain.

Posted by thenexus

@guanophobic:

I listen to Spotify at work so often. I saw my Fiancee, Friends playing songs and started asking them about their play choice. "I have not played that, never heard of it" started coming over often.

Being a web developer looking into it... You know what they do?

Spotify uses your friends list to not just show what they are playing but also to promote songs and chooses someone who has spotify and in your list to find a song they MAY like based on their listening habbits and ones it is currently promoting for money.

Sneaky and I am not sure if that should really be allowed.

Posted by Evilsbane

Just feeling rough, got on here, saw this post, made me feel worse, a lot worse but I needed to get upset and not angry I can't believe thinking about this human being makes me feel more then the confusing shit that happens in life. I remember first hearing Jeff and Ryan talk about games and heard the passion in their voices knowing that this was something they loved doing, no matter how good or bad they were at certain games. Just liking games for what they are, trying to impart why these games were special and Ryan was the most excited and pleased by the things he saw his no bullshit attitude and fierce showmanship is unmatched in my eyes he and Jeff are the soul of this whole crazy ridiculous website. Obviously it has become something completely different but I love it all the same it is the only subscription I run, because I care about this stuff and I care what Ryan Davis did and I thank him for allowing me to feel so strongly about something that even thinking of him not being here to talk about it makes me feel like a lost a piece of something I love, to feel enough to just let it go and not bottle it up.

Miss you @taswell

Posted by Vrikk

Still miss that big dumb fat beautiful idiot.

Edited by tblakebraddy

I'm working through my backlog of games - most recent: Dead Space 3 - so I'll DL the accompanying Giant Bomb episode, and it never fails to shock me how much I miss his presence on the podcast. Klepek's, too.

Edited by LackingSaint

Today was a bad one. I was just sitting around, watching UPF, and it just dawned on me all over again that Ryan will never show up ever again. Like, every piece of content he's ever produced, that's all that there's going to be forever. God damn, i'm still missing you Papa Bear.

Posted by sionweeks

I still miss you man. You creep into my mind sometimes. You've come into my mind a lot the last few days especially. I don't think I know why.

Much love Ryan <3<3<3<3<3<3<3

Posted by WalkmanBoy

Rough day. Realised waking up this morning that we're quickly closing in on a year's anniversary. Been watching old videos and feeling pretty low. RIP Ryan.

Edited by kroonberg

Had a really rough day and all I could think was that at least tomorrow is Tuesday and that means more BombCast. Although one without Ryan. :(

Miss you so much, you magnificent bastard!

R.I.P.

Edited by Sander

I cried watching the new kinect quicklook because it reminded me of ryan.

Made me sad that they didn't even mention him. Or during the Homerun mode of a baseball game they played.

Posted by idoublespy

@sander:

I do wish they mentioned him, but that is only because I am selfish.

Been listening to the podcast's from the beginning again.

Miss you Ryan.

Edited by Kevlar101

I don't really know what to post, since I only first heard about anyone at GB quite recently and all......I read about this incident on Giant Bombs Wikipedia page, but I never realized how much people thought of this guy...just that thought alone makes me feel sad about this :(

I know it's probably disrespectful to ask this, and I apologize if it is, but I am just wondering.... why, or uhm..how did he...you know...what caused his unfortunate passing?

Posted by MarkHawk

I don't really know what to post, since I only first heard about anyone at GB quite recently and all......I read about this incident on Giant Bombs Wikipedia page, but I never realized how much people thought of this guy...just that thought alone makes me feel sad about this :(

I know it's probably disrespectful to ask this, and I apologize if it is, but I am just wondering.... why, or uhm..how did he...you know...what caused his unfortunate passing?

It was never really made public knowledge to respect family wishes.

Posted by supermonkey122

I miss you buddy

Posted by Wicked_Wumpus

I miss you Ryan!

Posted by nujabes

you live on in our minds and hearts infinitely you magnificent bastard

Posted by SkullPanda1

Listening to some old bombcasts last night. I got to laughing so hard in bed, my wife kicked me out to the couch.

Miss ya Ryan.

Edited by Pr1mus
@markhawk said:

@kevlar101 said:

I don't really know what to post, since I only first heard about anyone at GB quite recently and all......I read about this incident on Giant Bombs Wikipedia page, but I never realized how much people thought of this guy...just that thought alone makes me feel sad about this :(

I know it's probably disrespectful to ask this, and I apologize if it is, but I am just wondering.... why, or uhm..how did he...you know...what caused his unfortunate passing?

It was never really made public knowledge to respect family wishes.

His father said it was sleep apnea.

Posted by whatisdelicious

@nujabes said:

you live on in our minds and hearts infinitely you magnificent bastard

Posted by Nightriff

Just now went to Ryan's twitter account and then did a #ryandavis search and broke into tears, I really really want to write a piece about him and his impact as well as the crews impact on my life but I still for the life of me can't think or find the words I would want to say, at least not coherent enough to post it in a blog. Sucks that his death lands on the day I discovered the site, so now instead of celebrating my time with the community and crew, I'm reminded about how much I miss Ryan, and still do. Ryan was the first person to make me laugh from the site and I will never forget about him.

To Taswell

Posted by crusader8463

@pr1mus said:
@markhawk said:

@kevlar101 said:

I don't really know what to post, since I only first heard about anyone at GB quite recently and all......I read about this incident on Giant Bombs Wikipedia page, but I never realized how much people thought of this guy...just that thought alone makes me feel sad about this :(

I know it's probably disrespectful to ask this, and I apologize if it is, but I am just wondering.... why, or uhm..how did he...you know...what caused his unfortunate passing?

It was never really made public knowledge to respect family wishes.

His father said it was sleep apnea.

I believe a part of his brain went pop while sleeping due to complications from his sleep apnea. He had been really stressed with his wedding and I remember them talking about how crazy hot it was leading up to it and on his wedding day. All that just lead to it happening a few days after he got married.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a few months before Ryan's passing so it hit extra hard for me. Especially because I'm close to his age and in worse shape then he was. So when I go to bed at night, especially after a very hard few days, I wonder if I will wake up the next morning.

Posted by destroyer86

What Quick Look was it that Ryan, freaked out about the squirrels? Priceless!! :)

Edited by TheSouthernDandy

Hey Ryan. Just stopped in here to say I still miss ya buddy.

Posted by xombi242

I still miss ya, Ryan. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk never sounded the same since :(

Posted by deathfromace

Was there ever any shirts made? I really wanted one but never could find a link or anything.

Posted by Accolade

The first anniversary of his passing is coming up in a little over a month. I want a memorial shirt.

Posted by MaddenedMan
Posted by James_Hayward

UK duders. See this thread if you'd like to hang out with some other UK duders and raise a glass to Ryan together one year on.

Posted by MikeJFlick

Easily one of the better moments of the PS4 ER

Edited by rustyaries

As a member of Gb Community, Are we doing any thing for Ryan Davis' B-day (June 4) this year? It seems like a more appropriate day to celebrate Ryan Davis legacy than his death day. It's next Wednesday. Is their a thread somewhere that I am missing?

Duders Day of Dumb? Summer Jams Forever? We really should be doing something.

Posted by DaddyCabinet

Was cruising youtube and came across these two videos.

Edited by INCSlayer

This is from Tim Schafers latest Series of videos where he plays a old game he made/worked on and the first thing i saw was the picture of Ryan

Tim Plays Grim Fandango Part: 1

Edited by rustyaries
Posted by Hassun

Very nice to see that pin next to the screen there.

Edited by Devil240Z

I can't believe its almost been a year.

Posted by Nightriff

July 3rd will be the day I remember, but I personally want to take the negative of someone passing and remember all the positives. I do that with my grand parents and my nephew you have passed previously. Everyone can think about Ryan how they want but that is how I view death in general. I still can't help but go to his twitter and start tearing up. Watching old videos or podcasts make me sad sometimes but its just something about seeing his twitter account stop on July 3rd gets me old steamy eyed.

Posted by EpicBenjamin

Happy Birthday, Ryan! Still think about you and miss you every day.