Yesterday we lost a loved one, Josh (aka) Epic Insanity, he was a Guild Master, a Raid leader, a content creator, and above all he was a friend to everyone he met. I met Epic back in 2012 through content creation and raiding in World of Warcraft, He was the head host of the podcast show Epic Questions. I remember joining him as a personality on his show as a guest up until we decided to co-host the show and then Later launch a new podcast Frozen Nerdz. Through this time, we podcasted together raided together and even went to Blizzcon together. It wasn’t until getting to see him at Blizzcon that our partnership as show hosts became a strong friendship that has lasted 9 years but yesterday August 27th 2021 my friend passed away unexpectedly.
Epic was a larger-than-life person the first to see you in a room and run over to give you a tremendous hug right into his giant beard. He looked out for the people in the community and would even look out for new Blizzcon goers and encourage them to drink water from when they drank too much. He would fill the whole room with his presence and would welcome everyone in as if they had been his friend for years. People would come out of their way just to give him a hug or touch his beard. I know our community has not always had its bright moments but Epic embodied what makes this community great. We will never be able to fill the void that is left in our hearts by his passing as those moments we cherished as fans just won’t be the same without him. From the big elbows during opening ceremony to say hey are you seeing what I’m seeing, to the greatest smelling beard there ever has been, to the raids that will go unled with a focus and determination to complete the content while the rest of us are goofing off in voice chat.
I have so many wonderful stories about Epic through so many years. all of them centered here in World of Warcraft and Blizzard Games, I wanted to write this forum post as a place for his other countless friends and people he impacted to come and share their thoughts stories about Epic or even just say their goodbye. I am struggling as others are to come to terms with the loss of someone so young, know that he believed in this community with his whole heart and gave it everything he had.
Please if you ever had a chance to interact with Epic online, on social media, or even at Blizzcon share your positive stories so that our memories of him can las on this forum at the very least. I know Epic devoted his entire heart into this game and he had a love for this community unlike anyone I have met or will ever meet.