Virginia Beach Police investigate the mysterious death of World of Tanks Twitch streamer Brian ‘PoShYbRiD’ Vigneault, who died during a 24-hour livestream for charity.
This past Sunday evening, World of Tanks player Brian Vigneault, also known as PoShYbRiD, passed away from unknown causes during a 24-hour charity livestream on Twitch. Vigneault, who has raised thousands of dollars for charity with his livestreams in the past, went outside for a smoke break at 4:30pm Eastern time, but never returned. Police arrived a little over an hour later to find Vigneault unresponsive, and pronounced him dead at the scene.
As reported by Polygon, Vigneault’s sudden death at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia is being investigated as a homicide by the local police department. However, the Virgnia Beach police don’t suspect foul play at this time, and stress that every suspicious death is treated as a homicide until the cause of death is ruled to be something else.
While we don’t know Vigneault’s cause of death, he isn’t the first person to die during gaming binges. There have been numerous reports over the years of people dying after playing video games for extended periods of time with no breaks, usually due to blood clots that cause cardiac arrest. For example, just a couple of years ago, a Taiwanese man died in an Internet cafe after playing video games for three days straight, and another died after a five day binge under similar circumstances.
At this point in time, it’s hard to say if Vigneault died from similar causes, or if his death was due to something else entirely. More information should come to light as the Virginia Beach police complete their investigation, but if his death was due to his excessive gaming sessions, then it may result in restrictions that regulate how long people are allowed to livestream on Twitch without taking a break.
It may be in Twitch’s best interest to create these restrictions to keep others from suffering a similar fate as Vigneault and other gamers that have died during marathon gaming sessions. Creating these restrictions would also show that Twitch is capable of regulating itself, as it has done in the past to address issues like racist chats.
Over the years, Twitch has been the center of a number of major controversies, ranging from people doing inappropriate things on livestreams to players being “swatted” and more. Twitch has taken steps to address some of the issues the site has faced over the years, and it will likely take steps to address the situation with Vigneault if it turns out that his marathon gaming session contributed to his tragic death.