A well liked member of the fighting game community died two days before Christmas. His colleagues are paying tribute and holding a fund raiser to help his grandmother pay for funeral costs.
Nelson Reyes, 28, better known as EMP_Remix (above at left), died on Dec. 23. His passing was confirmed by his sponsor, Empire Arcadia. Reyes suffered an epileptic seizure and died of cardiac arrest, a loved one confirmed for Kotaku.
Reyes was most known as a competitor in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. A wake for him was held this weekend and his funeral on Monday, attended by teammates, friends and family from all over. Reyes' memorial costs are expect to run $15,000 for his family. In response, this fund raiser was organized. With five days left it has raised more than $10,000 from 371 supporters. The money will be given to his grandmother.
Reyes, second from right, with friends. (Image provided by family.)
Isaiah "TriForce" Johnson, the founder and owner of Empire Arcadia, released a statement on the day of Reyes' death on behalf of the team and those who knew him.
He lived his life to the fullest. I'm happy to have known him. All he wanted was to play video games and enjoy the company of his friends and family. He did just that this weekend. Hanging out with Cole Tocci, Samantha Hancock, Kevin Landon, James Fink, Christopher Gonzalez, Erin Diaz, Michael Dicks and more playing games and watching the Lord of the Rings Marathon. All Hail Emp Remix. Empire Arcadia will make sure that you are not forgotten and follow out your last request. Make EMP successful and keep the family alive.
OnGamers.com also posted this tribute from James Chen, a competitor who knew Remix.
When I was filming footage at Evo East 2007, it was no coincidence that my camera kept finding Nelson Reyes, a.k.a. EMP_Remix. It was obvious that he was incredibly energetic and enthusiastic, the definition of hype. So it wasn't a surprise he ended up in the MvC2 Intro video so often when the goal was to highlight the hype the game brought: he was just too infectious. Watching this again, it actually seems very appropriate that the last clip of him is mockingly crying at someone, because Nelson himself would probably be the first person to give us shit for shedding tears for him.
You'll be the person leading the hype train where you are now. Every time I hear thunder from the sky, I'm pretty sure I'll know why. R.I.P. Nelson Reyes.
Kotaku extends our condolences to Reyes' family, friends and fellow competitors in this time of loss.
This post was updated with additional information provided by Reyes' family and loved ones.