It is with great sorrow we pass along news that Patrick “ILOVEYOURMOM” Collins is no longer with us. A longtime Tekken competitor from Northern California, Patrick was highly passionate about the game and left his mark on many community members who would later become friends. According to Patrick’s brother, he suffered a severe sickle cell attack that “got the best of him” earlier this week. Patrick is survived by his wife and two children.
A memorial fund has been set up via Paypal for those who want to aid his family.
While any loss of life is sad, the loss of a father is something all the more tragic. Our hearts go out to Patrick’s friends and family in this trying time.
Mad Catz’ Mark “MarkMan” Julio provided us with this statement about Patrick, and mentioned he will be setting something else up in the coming days to help raise awareness and additional funds for the family.
Patrick’s passing really got to me when I found out about it this morning. I knew him through TEKKEN, playing against each other in tournaments and seeing him at gaming industry events. He was one of the biggest Tekken fans I knew and dedicated to not just his scene, but the overall community. I can’t help but tear up inside knowing that he leaves behind a wife and beautiful kids. It was way too early for him. It is because of people like Patrick that I fell in love with the fighting game community. May he rest in peace.
Tournaments have also stepped forward in memory of Patrick. Last night’s Wednesday Night Fights broadcast streamed the entirety of the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 bracket, and the next installment of Joe Flores’ Iron Fist Friday will be entirely free for those who wish to visit, get some games in, and pay their respects.
We’ll be updating this post with more information as it comes in; if you have stories or memories you’d like to share, or well-wishes for the people Patrick left behind, please share them in the comments.
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