Richard ‘Lowtax’ Kyanka, founder of Something Awful and onetime king of the internet goons, dead at 45

Richard ‘Lowtax’ Kyanka, the founder of Something Awful and a key influence on aspects of modern internet culture, has died at the age of 45. The news was initially posted to Something Awful by longtime forum administrator Fragmaster, who was a personal friend of Kyanka, and Motherboard managed to confirm with the Lee’s Summit Missouri police department that Kyanka died by suicide on November 9. 

“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” wrote Fragmaster. “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. Goonspeed golden manbaby 555s 2 heaven.”

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