Gamers are everywhere, and when it comes to MMO games there's ways that they can have a great impact on many, many people from across the globe. Recent events led to the death of Sean Smith, aka "Vile Rat", when the US consulate in Libya was attacked. Vile Rat had such an impact on the game that his presents stirred numerous high profile articles by Something Awful, by CCP Games themselves, fan videos on YouTube, and even acknowledgement of his presence as a gamer by high level politicians.
Death is a human fact and every culture faces the loss of its members. As a result, it highlights how people game in these communities. Friends and competitors alike found the time to memorialize his activity in game.
Link, via MMO Anthropology.