GameSpot veteran and Giant Bomb
co-founder Ryan Davis passed away this July 3rd. He was 34 years old and recently married.
Part of the "GameSpot Exodus" in February 2008, Ryan Davis co-founded Giant Bomb in March of the same year, along with fellow GameSpot alum Jeff Gerstmann. Davis served as the host for the website's podcast, Giant Bombcast, since its inception, and was praised for his "charmingly garrulous" show style in The New Yorker
In breaking the news to Giant Bomb's readers, Matthew Rorie had this to say
Obviously we're all stunned over here. Ryan was a good friend to all of us. It's odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don't recall ever actually being mad at him. He had an unconventional type of kindness that expressed itself more strongly the longer one knew him, and despite his teasing nature, he always managed to make his close friends feel loved when his attention turned towards you.
Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.
The consolation we can feel from that is miniscule compared to the hole that Ryan's absence will leave in our lives. That's not a hole that is possible to fill; it's just something that we'll just have to get used to walking around with, and that will not happen for a long, long time.
We at Gamasutra extend our condolences to the Giant Bomb team and to Ryan's friends and family.