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World of Tanks streamer dies during 24-hour Twitch marathon

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Twitch streamer Brian Vigneault, aka Poshybrid, has died during a 24-hour World of Tanks marathon. According to eyewitnesses, Vigneault left his desk at around 3:30am on February 19, during the 22nd hour of the stream, and didn't return. 

The 35-year-old father was streaming to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. While viewers and moderators had assumed Vigneault was asleep, a friend later attempted to contact the streamer via Discord, only to receive a response from a Virginia Beach detective advising he had died, and that the death was being investigated. Kotaku confirmed the investigation with the Virginia Beach police department.  “There is no reason at this time to suspect foul play,” a police spokesperson told Polygon.

It's unclear whether Vigneault's death is a direct result of the streaming marathon, but the phenomenon has been under scrutiny for its potential health impacts.

Vigneault's gaming clan FAME posted a statement on its Facebook page today in tribute to the Twitch personality. "...we just can not find words to describe how sad is this moment for all of us and for sure this game will not be the same without the legend," it reads. "Maybe the saddest lines can not really be written, and the saddest thoughts can not really be uttered."

The streamer's Twitch channel has become an impromptu place for tributes to Vigneault.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.