Oh wow, that's just..surreal. We weren't bestest buddies or anything, but one of the first places I came when I joined Gaia was the writers forum, namely, the Riddle Thread...one of the running jokes is that you had to keep dictionary/thesaurus.com running at all times when it was his turn...I remember congratulating him on his modship and everything, never entirely knowing which forum he was a mod for anyway, and never really bothering to ask.
Geeze, I disappear and this is what happens. I never got to know Sishio, but judging by peoples comments, I'm sure he was a great person. I saw him doing good things, and I have no doubt that's all he did. Hearing about his death really shocked me, as I'm not used to stuff like that just happening out of the blue. I truly am sorry, and sincerely hope he becomes a published author, as I hope to be.
It's great that this thread has been made in his memory...at first when I saw the image signature in someone's sig, I didn't recognize the name, but I remember him now...I read some of his work here awhile back and he was amazing...What a loss...this is...horrible...that poor family...they'll definitely be in my prayers.
This is where this thread shall go, for this is where he would want it. Moderators, please keep it here.
It is with deepest apologies that I come to you today to make this announcement.
On the afternoon of Monday, December the 13th, Brian Michael Tracey passed away, resulting from a seizure. Medical attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, as when he was found by his roommate, he wasn't breathing.
Better known on Gaia as Lord Shishio, Brian was a friend to all who knew him and made a huge impact on many lives. To some, he was a brother. There to fight and joke around all in the same breath. To others, he was a best friend. Always up for late night anime watching or long bouts o
multiplayer gaming. And to those who needed him, he was a rock. There with support and encouragement, and able to listen when you felt no one else would.
Nothing will ever fill the void left by his passing. But Brian wouldn't want us to make this a spectacle. He wouldn't want us going out of our way to make this all extravagent just to honor his memory.
Remember him for who he was. For what memories you have of him. Brian was not an icon. He was not an item.
Condolences can be sent to his family & friends at:
Tracey Family c/o Aaron Andersen
115 Heartwood Drive
Wixom, MI 48393
Shishio was not known for off topic tirades, so please keep that in mind and keep idle chatting to a minimum. Thank you.
EDIT:Tonight, (12/17/04) I stopped by Brian's parents' home. While his parents were still away, his aunt was there to pass along to me this information, which I now share with all of you.
The school that Brian was attending down in Phoenix is building a library, and they are going to name it after him. Brian Michael Tracey, a writer at heart, is getting a library. I cannot think of anyone more deserving. The dedication will take place some time in July.
I was also told that his dean and teachers had been going on about what an amazing and gifted writer he was. And it's true, he was.
And Brian? If you can see this, I want you to know. Your friends are going to make sure that one day, that library will contain your published works. We are going to do everything we can to make your dream come true. You WILL be published, Brian. We will see to that.
He.. he died? I... I was never terribly close to him, but... I can remember him giving me harsh, but good, criticism to some of my works I posted here when I could've still been considered a newb... Gosh... I have tears in my eyes. Even though we only ever spoke once or twice, I feel like somehow this forum won't be the same without him. It's good that he's getting a library named after him... wow... I'm still in shock that he's... gone.
I never had the honor of meeting Shishio. But the stuff I've heard about him is all good. I am going to say a prayer in his honor when I go to sleep tonight. Why is it always the gifted ones who have to suffer the most?