Cousin shared news on twitter about the former director of policy and enforcement at XBL. Thoughts with those who know him and his family.
Stephen Toulouse aka Stepto in coma, not expected to recover
Damn, that's terrible. He seemed like a lively presence from the bombcast, and I'm sure he was a great guy. Was looking at his website after I saw Jeff tweet about him and it seems like he's been through some hardships over the past few months as well. Thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Although I'm sure he was well-compensated working for MS, I'd guess beyond that his job is a pretty thankless one. He had to have been the target of some pretty incredible hate from people that got banned on XBL, and the job itself (trying to make a complete cesspool of humanity a better place) is a pretty impossible one. Have to have some pretty big respect for that guy for taking on that task.
I don't know if I should say "I hope he recovers," since I guess we may be beyond that point now. But whatever happens, peace to him, his family, and friends.
I had my cousin pass away last year, he was in a coma for about 2 weeks. Was quite young too only in his early 30's, just went into a coma caused by a stroke. The stroke was caused by a panic attack! Seemed like such an odd set of circumstances that caused him to die. Worst part was the coma, we knew he wasn't going to recover and even if he did he would not be able to move.
Last year I had an aunt just collapse with a brain haemorrhage out of nowhere, go into a coma and then die within a few days. No previous indication that anything was wrong. It's damn scary stuff to even think about. I remember researching up about it afterwords, just about comas in general, and was always given a little hope when reading the ones that made miraculous recoveries even after the worst prognostications. Here's hoping Stepto will be one of the lucky ones.
Had the honor of running into Stephen at both of the past PAX Primes I've attended. Without knowing anything about me, we struck up an easy chat that ran on for what felt like way longer than was probably convenient for someone in his role. The guy made everybody around him feel like anyone could be his best friend. Genuine warmth and interest in other people. No ego or celebrity.
Keeping the Toulouse family in my thoughts.
E and Major Nelson both tweeted a link to a page that has an update on Stepto.
It appears that the coma was brought on by a "severe infection". Treatment for the infection has started, and Stepto has started to respond to voices and is following commands. However, he remains in critical condition. While the prognosis seems to have improved, the best case scenario at this point is still prolonged hospitalization.
of course John Drake and his Diet Coke costume would be in that fundraiser's page.
I was just listening to the Day 0 E3 2011 Bombcast on my bike ride earlier today, so seeing this news shortly after that is a bit odd.
I'm glad he's improving, though. I hope he continues to do so <3
Some outstanding news being shared by Stepto's friends and family: he's awake, breathing on his own, and talking. Sounds like recovery is going to be an effort, but this is an amazing turnaround from what we knew a few days ago. If you saw the general mood before the news broke with tweets from e, Ben Kuchera, and others, this was far from the expected outcome.
Here's a link to the update and the crowdfunding effort to help with bills and family travel expenses. If you've ever had a sudden and serious illness, or been away from a family member who has, or had sudden and serious illness while being far away from family, you know the financial and emotional toll on everyone involved. The latest Stepto update (6/13/15) (Click on the Updates tab for the latest)
Some outstanding news being shared by Stepto's friends and family: he's awake, breathing on his own, and talking. Sounds like recovery is going to be an effort, but this is an amazing turnaround from what we knew a few days ago.
That's great news! Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery.
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