Brian Joseph Rickard (December 17, 1982 - October 23, 2013 [aged 30]), better known online as Yoteslaya, was a YouTube gamer. He unfortunately passed away due to an automobile accident. He made other videos, but his fanbase was garnered by his Black Ops II and Borderlands 2 videos.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at approximately 2 a.m., Brian and his friends Ryan Cook and Ashlee Pugh were killed when a train crashed into their car attempting to outrun the train in Vigo County, Indiana. Brian was driving the vehicle and dangerously attempted to beat the train to a railway crossing. His actions resulted in the death of the two other passengers, as well as himself.
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.”