News broke last night that World of Tanks Twitch streamer and father of three, Brian “PoshyBird” Vigneault, has been found dead following his most recent charity live stream. After spending an entire week training for the marathon broadcast, Brian was last seen going for a cigarette 22 hours into the stream; where he then reportedly died from unknown causes.
Brian, who was only 34 years old, was a popular member of Twitch’s World of Tanks community. His platform has now been turned into a “memorial channel” by its moderators. His stream, which was dedicated to raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is still available on his channel as a space for fans and mourning viewers to leave their condolences.
Around 3:30am CST (or 9:30pm GMT), Brian was seen leaving his Twitch stream after 22 hours, to go for a cigarette break.
Nearly two hours later, viewers and moderators assumed that he had fallen asleep and disbanded the event. However the next day, a friend noticed that Brian was live on Discord (a “free voice and text chat” program for gamers) and decided to send him a message.
The response came from a detective from the Virginia Beach Police Department, confirming that they were investigating Brian’s death.
One of the most recent messages on Poshy’s channel comes from moderator “Nightbot”; informing new viewers about an upcoming memorial service; as well as pointing people towards a GoFundMe page to support his grieving family. His World of Tanks clan, FAME, posted the following message on their Facebook page:
Since the news broke last night, the family have decided not to reveal the circumstances of Brian’s death. The VBPD have confirmed to Kotaku that they will be “investigating his passing and are yet to pin down a cause”.
Our condolences go out to Brian’s family and loved ones.
It’s a tragic loss whenever someone dies; but for someone to leave behind children whilst trying to do something for charity is truly devastating.