Not every pop media news item is a shiny bit of confection, meant to distract you from the hardships of the day. Sometimes the message is a painful one. Today’s video of the day is one of those messages.
Ronnie “Oni” Edwards was the editor who made all the episodes produced by the YouTube channel The Game Theorists work as well as they did. Editing is a thankless and often invisible job, but one of the most important for any media effort, especially for a YouTube channel as popular as theirs.
All that came to an end some weeks ago, when Edwards had apparently committed suicide.
Here is MatPat of the Game Theorists with a very personal message to the world about the loss of his friend.
From the Game Theorists’ post in YouTube:
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We’ve had a lot of ups and downs over the years, but today is, without question, the saddest day in the history of the Theorist community. We’ve lost a friend and team member, Ronnie “Oni” Edwards. For those who don’t know, Ronnie has worked on this channel longer than anyone, hosting his own show as well as editing a HUGE number of the videos you’ve watched. In six years of working together, he contributed so much to what The Game Theorists is today. His loss is one that comes after years of him bravely working to move beyond the trauma of his past, fighting an internal battle every day, a battle that eventually became too much for him. This video is to honor his memory and remind everyone out there who also struggles with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts to reach out and keep talking because YOU ARE NOT ALONE…even when it feels like you are.
We’ll miss you, Ronnie.
Depression is no laughing matter, and it’s not something you can just “snap out of”. If you have it, don’t be afraid to reach out. Help is there, and more people care about you than you know.