RIP Ronnie Edwards, Editor of The Game Theorists
In an emotional 12-minute video from Matt Robert Patrick, the man who founded YouTube channel The Game Theorists, has confirmed that one of the first additions to the channel, the YouTuber Ronnie Oni Edwards, has taken his own life on July 4th. Edwards worked on The Game Theorists for 6 years.
Patrick gave a tear-filled, loving and profoundly sad speech dedicated to his long-term friend and work partner on the main The Game Theorists channel yesterday.
The video description describes "the saddest day in the history of the Theorist community."
In the video he says that Ronnie's first episode made his channel look "the way [he] had always envisioned it looking. His experience and skill with animation and illustration was able to accomplish things that in two years of working on the series I had never been able to do."
"For the next five years, Ronnie was our go-to editor. A silent hand behind a huge amount of the videos you see on this channel."
Patrick says that he wanted to "hold off on this video until [he] had been able to contact [Ronnie's] family," but the family had been impossible to contact.
The YouTuber describes his friend as "incredibly sharp and incredibly witty," but with an ability to "cut through a person's facade... sarcasm so dry it is hard to tell whether [I] should be offended."
He describes his animation as "sophisticated in voice and elaborate." Edwards says that he "wished he told him how proud he was of him."
He concludes that there is "going to be a lot more to come on this channel honouring Ronnie's memory." He says this will take the form of live-streams with any profits going to suicide prevention charities. Other YouTubers on the channel, Gaijin Goombah (Michael Sundman) and TrailerDrake (Drake McWhorter) have memorial content planned for the coming weeks, according to Patrick.
Ronnie's videos, the "Digressing and Sidequesting" series on The Game Theorists, remain live for those that wish to remember the YouTuber by seeing the content he created.
In the video description, Patrick leaves the numbers for mental health help lines in the US (1-800-784-2433, 1-800-273-8255, 1-866-4-U-TREVOR) Canada (+1 416-408-4357, +1 514-723-4000) and the UK (+44 (0) 8457 90 90 90, +44 (0) 8457 90 91 92) along with a list of global numbers.
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Words by Will Stevenson
Topics: Mental Health