By wmoyer83 2 Comments
Today was a very sad day for me, much like every other member of this community. I received a text from my best friend Jimmy (who also introduced me to this site a few years back) explaining the sad news of Ryan Davis' passing. I looked up the site from my phone and it verified what he told me. I was shocked. For the rest of the day I was stuck at work, and I was unable to explain to my co-workers why I looked so sad. It is kind of silly explaining how a really awesome guy from this video game website who suddenly is gone is the reason you are tearing up during your lunch break. The loss of any celebrity you appreciate and follow always has a sting to it. I was a huge Sopranos fan, and the recent passing of James Gandolfini was tough, but not like this. The only reason I bring this up is because Ryan was putting himself on the site. We all got to know who Ryan was, we all knew what was going on with his life to a certain extent. He was not just a big movie star, or politician, or athlete. He was a human being we could connect with on a personal level. I noticed in the comments that a lot of people shared the same sentiment. Is it embarrassing to feel loss and emotion over someone you have not even personally met? Of course not, because while we never really met Ryan, we all knew him as a person, not as a character or a stat on a scoreboard. Although I guess technically we are considered "fans" of Ryan, the sadness I have felt solidifies the fact that we were all true friends of Ryan. I am not ashamed that I cried today, and I am not ashamed to consider myself a friend of every Giant Bomber. Rest in peace Ryan. I will miss you.