We are sad to report that Fernando Agapito Jr., better known in the GTA community by his alias Yeardley Diamond, passed away from cardiac arrest two weeks ago. The news was broken yesterday in a Facebook post made by his brother. He was just 28 years old. Our condolences go out to the Agapito family, his friends, and his fans.
Yeardley rose to fame in the GTA community with his highly entertaining videos made in GTA IV, a number of which we featured here in the past. We'd like to end this post remembering a few of what may be his most well known works, including remakes of Korean superstar Psy's "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman" hit songs, and of course he didn't want Niko to miss out on doing the Harlem Shake.
You can watch Yeardley's full set of works on his YouTube channel.
Yesterday, once I knew about the news on GTAForums as soon as they were posted, I decided it was a good man's move to message Rockstar about it, given Yeardley had had the spotlight on him by Rockstar many, many times. I sent this to their Mouthoff:
Dear Rockstar,You may have known who Yeardly Diamond was. You have featured him and many of his videos on the Newswire and we GTA fans know he was very highly recognised by you guys. It's with a lot of sadness I and a lot of GTA fans bring you these saddening news, that Yeardly Diamond, also known as Francis Agapito, has passed away August 20.
https://www.facebook...eardley.diamond This is his Facebook profile (you can check it is official on his YouTube channel), where his brother announces his death. As a very talented video maker, that has been featured many times by Rockstar, I thought it was a good idea to let you know. Rest in Peace, Yeardley Diamond.
Thanks for your time,
A dedicated GTA fan in the name of every fan of GTA and Yeardly Diamond.
It's really not the most formal of things but I decided to raise some awareness. Rockstar seems to have noticed today, which is an amazing move by them. Rest in Peace, Yeardley.
Rockstar always takes a look at fan tributes and honorees so I wouldn't be too surprised, it gives people who obsess over GTA a way to commune with one another and connect, whether it be through Rockstar's own fan site or other Social Media. YouTube obviously as big a connecting place as Facebook or Twitter, Me thinks,... Bigger!
Amazing work he did of course, though I can't say I knew him well at all, We do take our hats off for a moment of silence, Died far too young.