EMMAN: Online Community Mourns the Passing of Emman Nimedez
Filipinos mourn the loss of Emman Nimedez (1993-2020), Youtuber and video game content creator, as he passed away this Sunday, August 16, 2020, at the age of 27. Online platforms are experiencing an outpour of grief as family, friends, and fans come into terms with his sudden passing. Meanwhile, many have also taken this as an opportunity to honor Emman’s career.
One of the OGs
Emman started producing video content on his Youtube channel, EmmanNimedezTV, way back in 2011. This makes him one of the originals of Filipino Youtubers. His first video, posted on December 3, 2011, was a far cry from his most recent videos. He continuously improved on his craft, and made his big break six years later, when he started producing humorous parodies of K-drama scenes. He also consistently posts vlog videos about his life, his travels, and his adventures with his friends. Emman’s short films showcased his brimming creativity.
His success led to him gaining millions of followers. His Youtube account currently has over 2 million followers, while his Facebook page, which he used to livestream his gameplay videos, has over a million followers. Emman’s talents also caught the attention of Tier One Entertainment, who signed him to become their creative director just February this year.
A Battle Well-Fought
As a young talent, many have praised Emman for his creative genius. However, as young as he is, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that affects his blood and bone marrow. Emman first shared his struggles on a video to his fans dated May 17, 2020. In an emotional video, he shared his struggles up to that point. He started by going over his development as a Youtube content creator and ended with him revealing that he was diagnosed with cancer. To end on a high note, he unboxed his Youtube Play Button for reaching 1 million subscribers.
He described his struggles with leukemia as the biggest battle he’s ever faced. Regardless, he continued vlogging, chronicling his battle, which showed his bravery and grit. His hospitalization also didn’t stop his creative genius. Apart from continuing his vlog, he also was able to produce two more music videos. Towards the tail-end of his career, Emman started writing songs. He started with Teka Lang, a love song describing the bliss of being with your loved one. His last video on his channel was a music video for his latest song, Uuwian.
Emman went in and out of the hospital in the past months. However, his girlfriend Peachy Santos reported that they rushed him to intensive care last Saturday night, after losing consciousness. He died at around 1 AM due to kidney failure.
An Outpour of Support
Musicians, influencers, vloggers, and celebrities joined Emman’s fans in remembering him. Among them is cosplay queen and Tier One co-founder Alodia Gosiengfiao, who wrote in a post:
I am deeply shocked and saddened. Not only is he a friend and colleague but a teammate as well.. our carry for Team Sapphire. An extremely talented creator and humble guy… Dear Emman, you will be missed. 😢 Deepest condolences to his family and friends.. 🙏🏻Alodia Gosiengfiao
Wil Dasovich, Alodia’s boyfriend, and who also had his own battle with cancer, said:
Local band Ben&Ben also shared their tributes for Emman in their short, concise way.
We at Nexplay also join the gaming community in remembering Emman’s career. Rest in peace, Emman. We will always remember you fondly.