Godspeed, Ryan Davis

I loved Ryan Davis to bits, and it's really hard for me to articulate why, especially as someone who never actually met the man in person. He had just the right amount of acerbic wit that I enjoy in my humour; to witness him busting out in uncontrollable laughter was a unabashed delight for me. And dude could host the shit out of my favourite podcast.

Without trying to diminish the awesomeness of the rest of the crew--they're all perfect pieces of the complete Giant Bomb puzzle, and the loss of any element leaves an immense void--Ryan was pretty much my fave on staff. A lot of this was due to the privileged position I have had doing work for Giant Bomb, with Ryan being my main conspirator on such things.

I was lucky enough to be able to frequently chat with Ryan behind-the-scenes, and dude would rib me in a way that my Australian mates and I do with each other. Ryan instantly felt like my friend from the get go. He was a guy I could shoot the shit with so easily, his personality shining through in even a simple AIM message.

Collaborating with Ryan on shirt ideas was honestly some of the best fun I've ever had doing design work. But that he and Anna asked me to design the invites for their all-too-recent wedding was truly one of the greatest honours I've ever been party to, both professionally and personally.

I was very much looking forward to catching up with Ryan, as he was due to come out to PAX Australia in just ten days. Instead, I'll be raising a glass to an irreplaceable duder who will be so sorely missing from our inaugural event.

My thoughts are with Ryan's family and friends at this time. I'm having a hard time typing this out, so I can't even begin to imagine how those closest to him are processing this devastating turn of events.

Godspeed, Mr Davis, and thank you so much for everything you've added to my own life. You were one of the best, mate. One of the absolute fuckin' best.

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Edited by erhard

What happened to Ryan?

EDIT: That fucking sucks so bad.

Posted by RTSlord

AMEN brother

Posted by fuzzypumpkin

@erhard: It's hard to imagine, but apparently he passed away. It's hard to even think about it.

Posted by Mento

WHAT THE SHIT

Holy god, what a loss. I'm stunned. My thoughts go out to his family and his widow. Jesus.

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Edited by djou

Why do the good die young? Look at that avatar picture, that guy was boss. Never had the fortune to meet him, but he will be missed.

Edited by Muppio

What, it being monday just wasn't fucking painful enough? God damnit.

Edited by SerHulse

The man was a fucking hero.

RIP duder.

Edited by JouselDelka

holy shit...

Posted by befo72

Oh my gosh, this is awful. Thoughts and prayers to his family, his new wife and his extended GB family.

Posted by Strife777

This is seriously nuts. A fucking terrible thing to wake up to.

Posted by Cretaceous_Bob

I don't even fucking understand. What the fuck. I can't even begin to put words to how bad this fucking sucks dude.

Posted by Fredddi43

RIP, I cannot believe this just happened. I will miss him so much and cant even imagine what his wife and the other duders must be going through.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Damn. I've been out of touch with this site outside of the off-topic board for some time now but this still sucks. I remember being like 13 or 14 and listening to him on The Hotspot. That was the shit back then. But the fact that he had just gotten married makes this even more tragic. I thought the Facebook account was hacked at first, then I saw Alex's tweet. Damn, RIP Ryan.

Edited by cikame

I don't think anyone would mind if the crew want to take some time away from the site for abit, unless being here helps.
I'm so sorry guys.

Posted by PhilipDuck

This is crazy sad! Feel devastated and i didn't even know the guy, suppose we do 'know' him though when we listen and watch him everyday. So sad, heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by baldgye

My heart goes out to his friends and family, horrible news, really horrible

Edited by Milkman

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

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Posted by Darji

WHAT? And that so soon after his marriage?....

my condolences to his family and staff at Giant Bomb. RIP Ryan Davis.

Posted by kindgineer

Jesus... Giantbomb will never be the same with you, man. I cannot even imagine the horror of this news - especially so shortly after his wedding. Fuck life, man.

Posted by Ramone

That dude was full of garrulicity and he will be missed sorely. I fucking love you Ryan Davis.

Posted by King9999

This day just turned terrible.

What the hell happened? He got married like last week. I can't even begin to imagine how his wife is feeling right now.

RIP Ryan Davis.

Posted by Reisz

Thanks for your words Buzz, this is just awful.

All my love goes out to those closest.

Posted by Linkster7

This is so incredibly sad

Posted by armaan8014

I dont wanna believe this :(

Edited by _Phara0h_

I just can't believe this.

Edited by rawrsair

Thoughts go out to his family and friends and of course the rest of the Giant Bomb crew.

This is horrible, shocking news and I hope they're all as okay as they can be in the circumstances.

Ryan was an amazing guy. R.I.P duder.

Edited by jonc151

Ryan Davis will never forgotten. See you on the other side.

Edited by drift07

I can not believe how hard this has hit me. I have never met Ryan I only know him through his casting and videos. I am not a praying type but this is a good time to make an exception.

Edited by DJJoeJoe

@milkman said:

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

That's the weird and wonderful thing of listening to some people on a podcast every single week and seeing their faces in video talking with their friends multiple times each week, for years and years now. I feel it too and it sucks so bad right now, fuck this shit this is the worst thing I can think of happening after wondering if Ryan would be back next week (Jeff hosted the bombcast cause Ryan's wedding).

Edited by iceveiled

Well this Monday literally could not get any shittier than it just got for me. Giantbomb.com and the community, and certainly the bombast (also my favorite podcast) will never be the same. I never met Ryan personally, but after hearing his voice every week for 2-3 hours over several years, I sure felt like I knew him. I can't even imagine the pain his newlywed wife and his close personal friends and family will have to endure. RIP Ryan.

Edited by MariachiMacabre

@milkman said:

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

I feel the same.

My thoughts to those closest to him. Such a shitty way to start the week.

Edited by madmidknight

What the actual FUCK?!?!?!?!

NOOO!

:-( :-( :-(

Edited by Gorm

Wow, i just came home after a night of drinking and this is one way to sober up. I cant believe this is true. As lots of others have said my heart goes out to all those who were closest to him and those who like me only knew him from his awesome videos/podcasts etc. Its being felt here in China and all over the world.

Edited by The_Boots

I'm sitting here crying. I kid you not, it just started thundering and raining outside. Even nature knows how much this hurts. I've listened to every Bombcast, watched damn near every stream and quick look since Giant Bomb was a thing. I even listened to him on many of ishditions of the HotSpot. Ryan Davis' acerbic wit and sheer insanity has been talking in my ear for a decade on a weekly basis at minimum. If I could count the number of hours of my comfort, entertainment and happiness that he has accounted for... It makes this loss all the more real. I have seen celebrities pass and the public grieves for them, and I always viewed it with a kind of confusion. I didn't understand how you could care about a stranger who you never met and never really knew. I guess Ryan just gave so much of himself to us, that he never seemed like a distant figure-- never seemed like a celebrity. He seemed like a great and wonderful friend. And as a man who has lost a dear friend, I grieve.

Edited by SavePoint

I'm so sorry you guys. Ryan was an amazing person. My condolences to his family and many many friends.

I'm really going to miss him...

Posted by mrfluke

what the hell?!

and the man just got married also!

man this just killed my day

Posted by Nodima

This feels, in every way, exactly the same as when Patrice O'Neal died. Just as I was getting to the hottest, deepest core of my obsession with him - poof, he's gone. I needed so much more Ryan Davis in my life and I didn't even know him.

Please be well, Bombers.

Posted by TheThirdRLM

@milkman said:

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

With Giant Bomb we have a site where we get o know these personalities on a very deep personal and emotional level you don't get just anywhere on the Internet. Its not weird at all to feel that way because I know I feel the exact same way. It was rough losing Patrick and Sara and Dave, but this is something entirely different.

The entire GB community has lost a dear friend. I still can't fathom this. I'm trying to and its just impossible. The GB crew is a foundation to me, something that's unfaltering and permanent. That just makes this that much more difficult.

And I can't imagine the feelings around the office. Everyone was incredibly close to each other with deep seeded history, especially between Jeff and Ryan. And considering the recent wedding celebration, in a way its great he had such a wonderful send off with family and friends but that doesn't make this any less tragic.

Our thoughts are with Anna and the GB crew and all of those deeply affect by the loss of Ryan.

We care about you, guys, and we want to help in any way we can.

Posted by AlisterCat

I just can't believe it. The reality warping quality of the internet has hit in full force. You had real contact with him though, and that must be extra hard. It sounds like you two had a great time with what you've produced for this site.

Posted by ADarkMatter

This are terrible terrible news, I'm literally shaking over here, I know what you mean by that something he had that just made him so likeable, I never even knew him and there are many many people who he never met but looked at him with respect and are mourning his loss in this very moment.

I've been a follower of the guys since the gamespot days and even though I've never been active on the site, I've always watched everything they've done, it feels as if I've lost a close friend and I'll miss him tremendously, I can't imagine how hard it will be for all, my heart and thoughts are with his family and loved ones and I will remember him very dearly as the awesome person he was.

Rest in peace Ryan Davis, it was a fantastic time.

Posted by Fheonix

This has upset me in ways I can't really describe. Such a talented man, just married and with what should have been years ahead of him. My heart goes out to his family and all at Giant Bomb. As one of our twitter followers just said, Tuesdays will never be the same again :( RIP Ryan.

Posted by Wikivic

RIP Ryan, you will be greatly missed.

Posted by Nasos100

what happened? how did he die?

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Posted by BonOrbitz

This hurts so much and I didn't know Ryan personally. I can't even imagine what it's like to be his friend, family, or co-worker.

Posted by lowestformofwit

@milkman said:

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

I feel exactly the same bud.

Posted by DeeGee

@milkman said:

I seriously feel like I just lost one of my best friends. I don't care how weird that sounds. The thought of going the rest of the day just pretending to be okay is killing me right now. And what would I tell people? "Oh, this guy on the internet died." That sounds insane but it's the truth.

Posted by Zor

I really hope this is some horrible joke that they are making since he just got married...

Posted by hustlerlt

I still think this is just a bad dream.

Posted by PolygonSlayer

This is just unbelievable.. Shocked :(
I am at a loss for words really, at least for now because this feels like losing a close friend to me.
All I really can do is to give my deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers! My thoughts are with you all of GB crew! :((((

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