WHEN SOMEONE ON SOCIAL MEDIA DIES

A guy I've been following on Twitter for 4+ years passed away this weekend. I never met him in person, but we spoke occasionally via DM. Some thoughts on this:
  1. His name was @Tevso_Electric. Our first exchange was about a tweet he fav'd of mine, joking about the movie The Net. I was surprised he remembered Mozart's Ghost from the movie. What a terrible movie.
  2. He made me, and thousands of other people, laugh consistently over the past few years.
  3. He didn't share a ton about his personal life. He didn't even use his real last name. Some internet sleuthing brought me to a LinkedIn page that said he worked as a mental health specialist.
  4. It's shocking how sad I feel about the loss of someone I barely know.
  5. I'm not the only one who is very upset. Hundreds of people have been tweeting about how great he was.
  6. Since Twitter has been around for less than a decade, we haven't experienced many losses of "personalities," so the idea that someone you never met could have such an effect on you is strange.
  7. Obviously people get upset by the loss of celebrities, but Trevor was never a celebrity, just a creative guy who loved making people laugh.
  8. I'm not 100% certain on the details of his death, but I've heard it's suicide.
  9. It's hard to fathom that someone who seemed so happy and funny could be so sad and tortured.
  10. It really puts into perspective how different our online personas can be to the real person we are.
  11. It's odd to think someone working as a mental health specialist couldn't get rid of his own demons.
  12. It's a real bummer. He seemed like he genuinely enjoyed life and had an insane amount of friends.
  13. His funny tweets and vines will live on, which is the best way to honor someone, I suppose.
  14. Life is fucking strange.