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: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.valentine.587/posts/10151967764613068
Born 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
TGWTG (Robert Walker is the author of this piece)
Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob):
We, @ LezGetReal.com, offer our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.
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.