Giantbomb.com reports that co-founder Ryan Davis has passed away at the age of 34. From their post:

“Obviously we’re all stunned over here. 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.

Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.

The consolation we can feel from that is miniscule compared to the hole that Ryan’s absence will leave in our lives. That’s not a hole that is possible to fill; it’s just something that we’ll just have to get used to walking around with, and that will not happen for a long, long time”

As a personal fan and a long-time Bombcast listener, it’s deeply saddening to hear about the passing of such an original and entertaining voice. You couldn’t listen to the show and not sense Mr. Davis’ infectious passion for the medium, and I’m truly sorry I’ll never have the opportunity to thank him for his insight, and tell him how much pleasure and inspiration he provided me over the years. My thoughts are with his friends and family, and I think I speak for all the gamers here at CHUD when I say that we salute Ryan Davis and the legacy of great work he leaves behind.