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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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Posted by KrisL

I am in complete shock.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Edited by MideonNViscera

He died 5 days ago. WTF.

Posted by Cagey

Never thought I would shed a tear for a "celebrity" of any kind, but there's only been a handful of days of the past couple of years where I haven't heard this man's voice cheering me up somehow.

Devastating to me; I can't even imagine how those close to him feel. Sorry, guys.

Posted by Bradical64

This is the most sad I have been for someone I don't know personally.

Edited by Indiana_Jenkins

Jeez.

I can't believe I'm all teared up for someone I never met.

34 years old. This shit ain't right.

Pour one out for Ryan.

Posted by sensy

Heartbreaking news. Condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by DeltaDreamer

are you serious?! this has to be a bad joke right?

Posted by midsummerstorm

Incredibly sad news. Read the news first at Joystiq, then here, then all over Twitter, and still couldn't believe it. I have been following Giant Bomb since day one, listened to every podcast and watched every video you guys have made. I can't begin to describe how much I'll miss him. This fucking sucks.

My condolences to his wife and family, and to the Giant Bomb crew.

Posted by LucidDreams117

No! No fucking way!

... Goddamnit.

I never got the pleasure of meeting Ryan personally. Even so, I've lost a friend today... much like a lot of other people here. I've heard his voice on countless hours of podcast, watching countless hours of streams of him. And though I can never say I knew him or was close to him like the Bomb crew was, I feel like did know him enough that there are tears right now in my eyes, like the many times over the years when there were tears of laughter and joy when hearing him makes jokes and laugh. Sharing good times like you would with a good friend.

RIP Ryan. I'll miss you buddy. Rorie said it best. There's a big hole you've left and it can't be filled. Giant Bomb will never be the same...

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. :(

Posted by NathanXplosion

My heart goes out to his Giant Bomb crew, his friends, and family. I am sad I never got to meet the Ryan in person. You will be missed.

Posted by Funkydupe

Thanks for everything Ryan! I've listened to you talk about video games since high school, and I'm 30 years old now.

Posted by Chet_Rippo

I wish this article was a joke...

Rest in peace Ryan.

Posted by ItBeStefYo

I'm not really used to losing people as young as Ryan, I guess I've been lucky so far but now that Ryan is gone it feels so unjust. Ryan will live on forever in our hearts

Summerjam relevant.

Posted by Skoshuke

i just don't have the words.

Posted by 8Bit_Archer

I don't even know what to say I've been a fan of giant bomb for over two years, and even though I never knew him personally I feel like I lost a friend, he had a personality that came through a earbud/monitor and lit up the whole room, putting a smile on the face of any who heard him. This is made all the sadder considering he was just recently married not even a week prior. He will be greatly missed! :(

Posted by 00gunman

RIP Ryan. You will be missed dearly :(

Posted by mak_wikus

No. No, just fuckin' no!

Edited by Alyssia

@def: I feel the same way :( Just started visiting Giantbomb after getting hooked on the podcast after Sessler appeared on it late last year. Now i'm completely heartbroken because I grew pretty fond of the entire team and looked forward to their content basically everyday. This is tragic. I feel awful for all of the Giant Bomb team, Jeff especially. Loss is never easy. You never get over it, you just eventually accept it.. I'm so sorry.. to Jeff.. to Patrick.. to Brad.. to Vinny.. to Drew and Rorie.. to all of Giantbomb and the Giantbomb community :( This is just plain awful.

Posted by BruceLeet

Holy.. what? This feels so unreal.

RIP, Ryan.

Posted by Numbatisa

RIP. very shocking.

Posted by TandooriCactus

Devastating news. We will miss you greatly Ryan. I can't really get my head round this. Im stunned. All our thoughts are with his new wife, his family, his friends and the rest of the guys at Giant Bomb. As some others have said any initiative or fund or whatever that the extended bomb crew would put together I would certainly support.

Posted by IcarusFoundYou

Ryan will forever be immortalized in video form.

RIP Duder

Edited by p01nt

I can't belive it!

Posted by YoungFrey

I always saw Ryan as the steady hand on the tiller. The level-headed guy who could see past so much bullshit and hype. A Renaissance nerd equally knowledgeable in film, games, and comics. I'll miss him something fierce.

Tonight I play No One Can Stop Mr. Domino.

Posted by moonpix

...but why :(:(:(

Posted by oshef

A hole has opened up in the hearts of many because of this terrible news. Ryan Davis was truly a bright spot in so many lives. From those, like me, who felt like they knew Ryan from this site or the podcast - you will be missed. To those that actually knew him outside of his brilliant work - there are no words. RIP you goddamn beautiful man.

Posted by crevisjr

I'll miss you Ryan....for true.

Edited by RawText

Him and the bombcast helped me out through some rough years, brought me laughter when everyone else in the world just seemed to want to beat me down.

Fuck, Ryan Davis. Why'd ya have to go?

Posted by lord_canti

i have been staring at this for the past 10 minuets in shock not knowing what to say . my condolences to his wife and family at this time.

Posted by confideration

I just can't even... not coming up with any words right now. Ryan was a huge part of my happiness. , It seems silly, maybe? I only met him once... at the state run liquor store in Seattle for PAX in 2010. He recommended me a bottle of Eagle Rare, we talked about PAX, the panel you guys were going to have, and was a generally nice guy and I didn't even know his name at the time. All I could summon was... "uh... hey! uh... Giantbomb!" He was cool with that. I felt like a moron.

He's been the friend on the other end of that TV, iPhone, PC, whatever for many years. That friend that never hears me, but is always willing to talk about videogames, or stupid shit.

I frequently go back to the archives, and I will never be able to hear "HEY EVERYBODY ITS TUESDAY", or watch another video that opens up to his grinning face without getting teary-eyed.

Thank you, Ryan. My heart goes out to your friends and family.

Posted by Abbyrose

Very very sad news :(

Edited by Batmeng

Oh god.

;_;

Posted by Shwan

Jesus Christ I feel like my brother died he just go married too. The world is incredibly unfair; I will miss him profoundly. I've never cried by reading a gaming site's first few sentences before.

Posted by Centurion73

So very sad. 34 is way too young. We're in the same age range, so listening to him really felt like coming over to a friend's house and talking about some games. You'll be missed big guy.

Edited by ferratus

I read/watch/listen to just about everything the gang post here but almost never comment but if there was ever a reason to do so, this is it. Became a Ryan fan early in his gamespot career when he started co hosting on the spot with Jeff and Rich and have been a fan ever since.

RIP Ryan and my deepest condolences to all the crew, his new wife, his family, his industry friends and fans.

The news ruined my day. You'll be missed Ryan.

Posted by Vrikk

....holy god. No way. I feel sick.

RIP dude. Someone please tell me a charity or something is being put together for his family and wife. And give me that link.

Edited by Godlyawesomeguy

Wait what the fuck is even going on. I saw this article and I actually screamed. This can't actually be real.

Edited by Walker_Boh

Goddammit :( No one should die on their honeymoon. TNT and the podcast wont be the same.

Posted by Branthog

@scotto said:

After so many years of listening to these guys, they are like family to me. I'm just sort of sitting here reading reaction tweets quietly. This can't be real. The guy just got married, for gods sake. This isn't right.

Same here. Ryan and Jeff (and everyone else, really) almost feel like family. I know it sounds stupid, but it's true. For almost six years, they have been a daily part of my life. Easily a thousand hours of podcasts and probably a thousand hours of Quick Looks and other videos just for Ryan *alone*. Ryan was part of what made this place so fun and I appreciated his outlook on things. I also kind of appreciated that he was a fat middle aged guy sort of like myself (only I'm fatter and a little older). I saw him as this outgoing, likable, good guy that I wished I could be -- but wasn't. I always kind of wished I was as outgoing as he was.

I don't think the death of anyone for a website has ever impacted me, before. I've been crying ever since I found out. I'm pretty bad with death. I dont' do funerals or anything, either. . . . it hits me kind of hard when it happens... and I can already sense this really profound loss... of someone I never even "really knew".

What happens tomorrow? Next week? Ryan was so integral to everything here . . . how does it go on? How do the duders go on? Part of the soul of this whole community is just . . . fucking vanished.

Posted by bigstrat2003

I am in shock right now. Ryan always had such a great presence and personality on the site and in the podcast that, even having never met him in person nor really talked to him on Twitter or anything, it felt like I knew him. I can't really even process this, it's just a total gut punch.

Posted by gbrading

I can't believe it. I just can't believe it. And he had just got married. There is nothing to say.

Posted by Ashaman456

RIP, you will be missed

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

Fucking hell. I shouldn't have gone on Twitter. Now I'm a teary mess.

Edited by Duxa

RIP Ryan, you will be missed.

I hope this sad turn of events will not negatively impact the web site, and perhaps serve as an encouragement to stay in shape and take care of one's body. At the end of the day, the best we can do is take any lessons we can, pour one out for Ryan and keep trucking on...

See you on the other side Ryan!

Posted by Gridius

I have no words...

Edited by soupbones

This better not be a joke GB.

Im not buying this - the man dies on 7/3, Will from Tested airs his podcast the day after and talks about how great the wedding was, and now we are getting semi-serious tweets Kessler, Gertsman and Snider.

Hell, Gertsman was tweeting the usual nonsense up until a few hours ago.

Maybe I'm just in denial.

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Posted by jonano

Man I really wasn't expecting this .This is really sad man just after his wedding and only 34yr as well :( Life is such a CUNT!!!!!You guys got me through so much shit in my life and Ryan was a big part of that gonna miss Ryan so much, RIP Duder.

Edited by PliggeTheFallen

Wow, this is truly devastating. RIP Ryan, you will truly be missed...

Posted by chaosMonkeyPoo

I can't even find the words, man.

My heart goes out to the Bombsquad.

Fuck...

Posted by Galeald

Very sad news :(