It is with my great sadness that I must inform the Clan of a passing of someone who was very dear to us. I was just informed moments ago from a good real life friend of Duffanichta that he passed away a few nights ago. He apparently went peacefully in his sleep. I am sure going out with dreams of fighting alongside fellow Ghost Bears in his Jagger, pounding the enemy into submission.
We are all deeply saddened at our loss, and the loss of his friends and family in the flesh.
I have known Duff for about 3 years now. We met in MWLL while the unit was still known as the 72nd Assault Trinary, it was during a random pug match. Me and Dem I think it was noticed a guy who's name was GBL_DaVanichta. We told him he should join us and sign up. He has been a very important member of the Clan since. He was well known in the MWLL community for his maps that he would design, or for some of the collaboration maps with Dem, one of the ELH and a couple other mappers.
He has some amazing maps, and some that just messed with your head. Slurm comes to mind as one of those. He was quite set on never playing MWO due to the fact they stated there would be no custom maps. Duff I should say ended up owning and mastering I think almost every 'Mech in the game! He just loved to drop with someone, anyone. New players, vets he had known for a long time. Everyone loved Duff, and his quirky humor. He had just taken the leadership of the 332nd, and was quite excited to be put in to charge of the unit. This is a gap in to the Clan like nothing before.
Let us not be too sad though, let us remember Duff would want us to remember him by grouping together and having good drops, blowing the hell out of who ever we came across. Let us remember him when we drop.
R.I.P. Duffanichta. You will be missed.