I was notified earlier this afternoon that Brian Fitzpatrick had passed away Saturday afternoon, July 24th, after a rafting accident. Brian was 51.
One man was found dead Saturday after his commercial raft flipped on a 'rocky and steep' section of the Arkansas River, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
It is believed that 51-year-old Brian Fitzpatrick was attempting to raft through the Numbers Recreation Site, north of Buena Vista, which is known for technical and challenging rafting when his raft flipped, officials said in a news release.
Employees for a commercial rafting company downstream of the accident reportedly pulled Fitzpatrick from the water and began CPR, according to parks and wildlife.
Chaffee County EMS officials along with parks and wildlife staff responded to a 911 call regarding the incident. After arrival, further lifesaving efforts were made, but they were unable to revive him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy to establish an official cause of death is scheduled Monday, according to the Chaffee County Coroner's office.
Brian Fitzpatrick & Moebius Adventures
On Saturday July 24th, Gallant Knight Games was notified that Brian Fitzpatrick of Moebius Adventures passed away unexpectedly in an accident.
The loss of our friend, colleague and publishing partner is heart wrenching, and we can only imagine the pain his family is going through. Brian was a vital part of our day to day lives, both in the industry and outside of it, and his loss is deeply felt.
While the family takes the time they need, we again extend our heartfelt sorrow at this unexpected loss and everyone to respect the family’s privacy.
Alan & Erin Bahr, Gallant Knight Games.
From Brian's Wife, posted to Brian's Facebook account:
My husband was the one who wrote eloquently, so for me, this is extremely difficult.
For those of you that do not know, the world became a lesser place 48 hours ago. Our girls and I are heartbroken, confused and upset with the universe. Our family went on a rafting trip on Saturday, our raft flipped, we were all thrown into the water, and Brian did not survive the accident.
Brian was the center of our world. He was the one who kept us grounded. He was the one who made sense of everything. And this makes no sense.
At this time, our family wanted to inform those close to Brian of his funeral services:
Services will be held at:
THE SPRINGS FUNERAL -North
6575 Oakwood Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Saturday July 31st, from 5-8pm --Viewing. For family and friends that need the closure to see Brian one last time.
Sunday August 1st starting at 2:30pm- Celebration of Life. Anyone that would like to speak, it will be open for everyone to speak about him, what he meant to you, tell a story, whatever you like. IF you are not comfortable with speaking but want to write something and have it shared with family or those there, please bring it to be shared.
Brian HATED formal events, so we ask that for all services please dress casual. Brian loved quirky t-shirts, we ask if you have a t-shirt that reminds you of him, wear that shirt. But please know t-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes are requested. IF you show up in all black formal dress or attire, you will be judged 😀.
In lieu of flowers or any more food, our family has requested if you would like to honor Brian, any contributions go to the following:
IF you are a gamer, Brian's passion and proudest achievement was his published game books, buy one of his books, read his work that he loved so dearly : moebiusadventures.com/shop
IF not a gamer, Brian was an amazing supporter of my non-profit Street Petz, he loved that we helped pets and the homeless community in the Colorado Springs. Donations can be made at Streetpetz.org
IF you would like to make a contribution to support my girls, please send me a FB message and I can get a Venmo address to you.
Many of you know that Brian was an introvert, and with many social events, he reached a point of "critical mass" and excused himself. With that in mind, and respect for our family, we will not be having a gathering after the Celebration of Life.
We will be looking at a later date, possibly organizing a memorial Gaming Day in honor of Brian at one or several of his favorite local gaming locations for all of his gaming family.
We will be reaching out to our Crossfit family to do a family WOD in his honor as well
I offer prayers and condolences to Brian's family, friends, and business partners. When and if there is further information to share regarding services and such, I will update this page. Tenkar
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen