Richard Lowtax Kyanka dead at 45: Something Awful comedy site founder passes away as coworker says 'this isn't a joke'

Richard Lowtax Kyanka dead at 45: Something Awful comedy site founder passes away as coworker says 'this isn't a joke'

THE founder of comedy website Something Awful, Richard Kyanka, has died at age 45.

Kevin "Fragmaster" Bowen, who is a former administrator of the site, broke the news on the internet forum to confirm founder's the tragic passing.


In a post shared on Wednesday, Bowen said: "I guess I should preface this by saying this isn't a joke especially since I'm posting for like the first time in 10 years or something, but I got the bad news today directly from Rich's family.

"Lowtax has passed away. I didn't ask for details. I don't know details. I don't know what the current opinion of Rich here is.

"Not here to answer questions, I'm sharing the news. I really hate to share this news. But there you go."

Following the news, people rushed to the post on the forum and social media to send their condolences.

One person wrote: "Something Awful is the Kraftwerk of the contemporary Internet: influential well beyond its own popularity."

Others called the founder's death "unfortunate," while someone said, "Something Awful GBS forum used to be fun in its heyday when he was running it."

Something Awful is a comedy website that allowed users to post blog entires, discuss topics on forums and share digital edited pictures.

It was created by Kyanka back in 1999 as a largely personal website but ended up growing massively.

The website's motto was "the internet makes you stupid" and was often referred to as just SA.

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