Brian J. Rickard (December 17, 1982 – October 23, 2013, [aged 30]), known on YouTube as Yoteslaya, was a popular YouTube gamer with over 850,000 subscribers. He, unfortunately, passed away due to an automobile accident. He made other videos but his fanbase was garnered by his Black Ops 2 and Borderlands 2 videos.
On Wednesday, October 23 at around 2 am, Rickard and his friends Ryan Cook and Ashlee Pugh were killed when a train crashed into their car while attempting to outrun it in Vigo County, Indiana.
Before his name was even announced, fans of his works had already begun to send their condolences over social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Short videos were posted in memory of Yoteslaya.
Legacy and Gearbox
After his death, many people went to the Gearbox forums and support to request he be added to the game. Petitions have been created and Gearbox had responded to these messages: “Very saddened to hear of Yoteslaya, Ryan and Ashlee passing away.”
“Threads, comments and requests like these help reinforce just how appreciated Yoteslaya was and how much he will be missed”
“The many requests for action have been heard, but my thoughts are first and foremost with the many friends and families of all those affected by this tragic accident and I ask that you please join me in respecting their privacy and wishes during this extremely difficult time.”