JewWario was known for being one of the first active gamers using YouTube as a platform to reach fans, but this week the popular personality ended his own life.
Known outside of YouTube as Justin Carmical, JewWario was popular for his “you can play this” series. After his death last week, rumors began to spread that he took his own life.
On Saturday his wife Jenny Valentine confirmed the rumors in a Facebook post.
“It is with a very sad heart that I must confirm my husband, Justin Carmical, sometimes known as the Jew Wario died on Thursday, January 23rd,” she wrote. “I also have to confirm he shot himself, but he was not alone, he locked himself in the bathroom and I was on the other side of the door talking with him. He knew I loved him, HE KNEW ALL OF YOU LOVED HIM. You all made him so happy, every time he was recognized from his videos, it made him giddy with joy.”
Valentine noted that JewWario remained working right up until his suicide.
“His last recording was a song with Johnathan Mann, I don’t know if Johnathan knows,” she wrote. “He recorded it the night before.”
Word of his death has led many fans to leave messages and share stories on YouTube.
Since Carmical’s suicide, some fans have even started an online fundraiser to help his family pay for funeral expenses.
They even had another request to help the memory of the Colorado native.
“We all love Justin, and we want to give him the best send-off we can,” the fundraiser noted. “We have also asked the Denver Broncos to try their best at the Super Bowl in his honor.”
The suicide of JewWario marks the second death of a high-profile YouTube star. Last year 13-year-old Joy Castellano, who became famous for her vlog about facing cancer, died of the disease.