Founder of Giant Bomb video game site dies

Ryan Davis didn't set out to be a celebrity, but his way with words and larger-than-life personality made him an Internet star, with fans from all corners of the globe.

Davis, a nearly lifelong Petaluma resident, was one of the most recognizable figures at video game website Giant Bomb. He died unexpectedly at home July 3, provoking an outpouring of grief and love from fans of his video-based reviews and his free-form weekly podcast, a rambling three-hour chat with his friends and business partners at the site.

"He was quick to make fun of people," recalled Giant Bomb founder and longtime friend Jeff Gerstmann of Petaluma. "But if you hung in with him a second or two longer, you'd see it was all out of love with him."

The family did not release the cause of death, but father Richard Davis said it was sudden but peaceful and was from natural causes.

Less than a week earlier, he had married his longtime girlfriend, Anna, and the couple was planning a cross-country train trip as a honeymoon, a trip they never got to take.

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