In what can only be described as shocking and saddening news, Giant Bomb announced that co-founder Ryan Davis has passed away at age 34.
I don’t really have any personal stories to tell about Ryan. We met only once, while the two of us were waiting for an appointment at Sega one E3 a number of years ago. We introduced ourselves, and then—very briefly—talked a bit about Deadly Premonition.
And now, unfortunately, I’ll now never have the chance to get to know him better. But I can speak about Ryan as a personality. I’ve always been impressed with his work—especially at Giant Bomb and all that it has accomplished in this industry.
The passing of anyone—especially at such a young age—is always tragic, but it’s even more so given the fact that Ryan had just gotten married a week or so ago. From all accounts, he was beaming with happiness over the new step he’d taken in his life.
“Obviously we’re all stunned over here,” Giant Bomb staffer Matthew Rorie wrote on the group’s website today. “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.”
All of us here at EGM send our condolences to Ryan’s family, friends, and fans, as well as the GiantBomb crew.