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2021-11-11 14:16:09 UTC
Something Awful Founder Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka Dies At 45
Kyanka created the influential Something Awful website in 1999
Longtime Something Awful forum administrator Fragmaster posted that
site founder Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka has died. "I guess I should
preface this by saying this isnt a joke especially since Im posting
for like the first time in 10 years or something, but I got the bad
news today directly from Richs family," wrote Fragmaster. "Lowtax has
"I didnt ask for details," Fragmaster continued. "I dont know
details. I dont know what the current opinion of Rich here is. Not
here to answer questions, Im sharing the news. I really hate to share
this news. But there you go."
Considering all the shit that Something Awful has gotten up to over
the years, some have wondered if this were a hoax. "Is this for real?"
wondered one forum member. Some expressed shock at the news, while
others offered their condolences to his children.
Kyankas second wife, who posts on SA under the name LadyAmbien, has
confirmed her husbands death, in a very angry post about his
treatment of her and their children.
In 1999, Kyanka created Something Awful, and today, its hard to
understate the sites influence. It also spawned endless, classic
memes, such as, "All your base are belong to us," and was even the
launching pad for what became 4chan. Our colleagues at Gizmodo listed
it at number 89 in the 100 websites that shaped the internet today,
writing the following:
While Something Awful had its moments as a host for various bits of
comedy, rants, and reviews, SAs community is its real legacy. From
its forums, Something Awful members gave birth to the legend of
Slenderman, an entire new genre of videos in Lets Plays, and thanks
to offshoots like the Goonswarm, SA was indirectly responsible for
some of the most massive (and costly) space battles ever witnessed in
video game history. It was also, uh, actually awful.
"The Something Awful forums spawned a great many things in its
multiple decades of existence," said Fragmaster in his YouTube eulogy.
"Some things horrible and unfortunate, many things just unintelligible
and a huge waste of time. But ultimately, Rich created a community
where interesting things happened and people connected."
In October 2020, Kyanka sold the site, writing on Facebook, "I just
signed away the rights to Something Awful, goodbye, good riddance."
That same year, Kyanka was accused of assaulting his second wife in
February 2020, and the specifics, in great detail, played out on the
Something Awful forums. Motherboard reports that Kyanka pleaded guilty
to a charge of disturbing the peace in later that fall, but the
assault charge was dismissed. This wasnt the only time assault
accusations were leveled against Kyanka: Motherboard also reports that
in June 2020, police were called to a domestic violence dispute
between Kyanka and his then-girlfriend. The police report stated that
no arrest was made "due to conflicting statements and a lack of
"He was a complex man and its devastating that there was so much
potential there for a happier life if he tried to heal his demons and
addictions successfully, and it ended like this," LadyAmbien wrote on
SA in another post, adding that "most humans are all not good or all
Richard Kyanka was 45 years old.