Avacar Bluestar, who was one of Benja and my closest friends, passed away on Friday from a heart ailment. I miss him dearly.
Ricogenu, Avacar's partner in Second Life, who is also our dear friend, broke the news to me late Saturday night. I really feel bad for Rico (Ricogenu) right now and wish him my very deepest sympathies because Rico will miss Avacar the most.
|Avacar and Rico in 2013|
Avacar was a leader on the LGBT scene in Second Life. Besides founding and building the Gay Fun World Sims with Rico, he always gave his time helping LGBT organizations, and giving a huge amount of his time -- and funds -- in making sure that LGBT people in Second Life could call this a second home, and develop here as individuals.
|Self Portrait by Avacar|
There are only a very small number of people in Second Life who were as loved, and appreciated as Avacar. He was a natural leader, and had a huge amount of personal charisma that everyone who knew him appreciated.
Avacar was more than a Second Life friend. He was one of my closest friends period. I met Avacar about 5 years ago in Second Life-- and stayed in close contact with him since. Avacar was always there for me, giving me advice and encouragement when I needed it. He always cared about other people, and was there for newbies if they needed a helping hand.
|Avacar, Ryce, and Rico at Gay Archipelago Summerfest this July.|
Due to some issues, I have not been as active inworld in Second Life over the past few months. I did manage to see Avacar and Rico every other week recently at a club event -- but now am kicking myself that I did not spend more time with Avacar and Rico this autumn. In hindsight, you wish you can redo things -- but what has passed has passed.
I will keep you posted on any events for Avacar coming up.
And for now, my thoughts are with Rico and Avacar's family -- and for anyone else who misses Avacar.
Eddi, Ryce,and Benja
Update: You can find my eulogy the I delivered at Avacar's memorial service here: