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(UPDATED) Justin “Jew Wario” Carmical Dead @ 42




News broke earlier today that Justin Carmical, known by many as “Jew Wario”, committed suicide in his home last Thursday. There aren’t many details surrounding the incident, though his widow, Jenny Valentine, stated in a Facebook post that she had been with him in their home when it happened.

A link to the Facebook statement made by his wife:

unnamedBorn in 1971, Justin Carmical rose to popularity with his “You Can Play This” series, which focused on his love for importing games, an interest he had since obtaining an NES in 1989. He since made an impact in the Let’s Play scene and appeared as a guest in videos produced by others at Channel Awesome. He was also featured in a starring role as his JewWario persona in the three That Guy With the Glasses anniversary films. His openness and likeability made him popular with fans long after his decision to leave TGWTG early last year.

Since the tragedy was made public earlier today, several of his friends and colleagues have come forward to express their shock and sadness.



Child actress Mara Wilson, known for her role as the titular character in the film Matilda, was one of the many who responded to Justin’s passing; commenting on how kind a person he was before urging those who are struggling to seek help.

His former colleagues at Channel Awesome, including Noah “Spoony” Antwiler and Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug, have also offered their condolences, saying how fantastic a person he was. It is clear from the initial response that Mr. Carmical will be sorely missed.

UPDATE: More Responses to Carmical’s Death

Diamanda Hagen:

TGWTG (Robert Walker is the author of this piece)

Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob):

We, @, offer our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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NOTE from WILL: I’d like to take a moment to share a personal anecdote about the one time I briefly met Justin at E3. I had been wandering around the convention center with my phone, capturing video of my surroundings as I made my way to the Nintendo booth. I didn’t notice until later, but I had been following JewWario for most of the way. I later saw him again near one of the displays and awkwardly struck up a conversation, where I apologized for accidentally stalking him earlier that day. He laughed and said that he didn’t even notice. We didn’t chat for very long, only until he made his way to another demo, but I could tell from that moment that he was as warm a person as his online persona made him out to be. Upon hearing today’s tragic news, I wholeheartedly regret not taking a picture with him while I had the chance.



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4 Responses to (UPDATED) Justin “Jew Wario” Carmical Dead @ 42

  1. Korsgaard

    January 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This is such a sad way for such a bright, funny man to end his life. My condolences to his family.

  2. Jordan Kinoshita

    January 26, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I have to wonder if he had gotten news that he was sick with something, like terminal cancer. I know that most suicides happen suddenly and with very little warning, but this is even more shocking. A lot of performers perform in order to help battle some mental problem, but Justin didn’t seem to be that way, especially with his wife speaking to him through the door… it just doesn’t make sense. Of course, suicide IS after all senseless, but if he was terminal, he might have done it to go out on his own terms without suffering or costing thousands in medical bills only to die anyway. In any case… this is just awful, awful news and heartbreaking to see. Justin was an example of how age is just a number and to always do what you love. Mental health needs to be taken more seriously in this country before we lose more awesome people like this.

  3. Alexander Chase

    January 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Rest in Peace Indeed. I went to TGWTG this morning to watch a video with breakfast and instead I find this. I’ve seen most of his videos and god knows how the pokemon movie reviews are going to work, but he was a funny and insightful person. What a crummy almost birthday present, but I felt strongly enough to do something very very rare, use my real full name on the internet. Hats off to you, you managed to ruin my day but you will be missed by your fans I bet.

  4. Anonymous

    January 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Very distressing news. I used to watch a lot of Justin’s videos early on in TGWTG’s lifespan, his videos actually getting me to read more of JoJo’s Bizarre Adenture past what I knew of with the Part 3 game. I didn’t know the man personally, but I could tell he had an optimism towards what he did, he was always passing along his import advice and opinions with a smile and never had to rely on being cynical or over-the-top to convey his ideas; he truly was a genuine, bonafide reviewer who loved his job, and that’s a very strong thing to say considering the people he was affiliated with. My condolences to his family for Justin’s passing, there’ll never be another man like him as the world keeps on going.