YouTube sensation ‘Double Rainbow Guy’ dies aged 57

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Paul “Bear” Vasquez lived merely. He sheltered on the facet of a mountain outdoors Yosemite Nationwide Park, grew his personal meals and awakened each morning to probably the most magnificent views in California.
The world might by no means have recognized him if not for a spectacular double rainbow.
Vasquez, the portly man whose cries of exaltation at a double rainbow turned him right into a viral star, died at 57 on Saturday.
The Mariposa County Coroner’s Workplace confirmed his loss of life.
“Bear” lived in relative solitude for a lot of his life. However his honest love of nature – and rainbows specifically – endeared him to thousands and thousands.
In January 2010, he stepped out of his residence to search out two sensible rainbows, stacked on high of one another, stretched throughout the mountainous horizon. The superior sight moved him to tears. Naturally, he recorded it.
“Oh my god, it is a full-on double rainbow all the best way throughout the sky!” he whispers within the video earlier than letting out a full-bellied yell.

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He shared the soul-baring clip on YouTube with little expectation. However inside days, it had racked up thousands and thousands of views – and at present, it is bought 47 million and counting.
He grew to become a minor superstar due to it. He appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Stay,” in advertisements for Microsoft and Smartwater and even in an in-flight security video for Delta Air Traces.
“I am the world’s authority on rainbows,” he advised CNN in 2015.
'Double Rainbow Guy' aka Paul 'Bear' Vasquez has died
‘Double Rainbow Man’ aka Paul ‘Bear’ Vasquez has died (YouTube)
He was a lifelong nature lover
Vasquez thrived within the California wilderness. He moved from East Los Angeles, the place he was born and labored as a firefighter, to Yosemite in 1985. He labored in a wide range of roles on the nationwide park and later out of the park as a cage fighter and truck driver.
He married, had youngsters and divorced. Lastly, he settled at his humble perch on the facet of a mountain in Mariposa, 10 miles from the sting of Yosemite, the place he grew his personal meals and cultivated marijuana vegetation.
“If you reside alone like this, you hook up with nature on a deeper stage,” he advised CNN almost 5 years in the past.
“When you’ll be able to yell on the high of your lungs and nobody cares or is aware of, it provides you a sort of freedom that most individuals haven’t any understanding of.”
CNN caught up with Vasquez in 2015, 5 years after the viral success of his double rainbow clip. He made simply $6,000 a 12 months then.
“In some features, I really feel actually, actually wealthy,” he stated.
“I could not have a number of {dollars}, however I’ve 100 mile views with full privateness that a whole lot of thousands and thousands of individuals have seen. I bought it fairly good.”
He made YouTube movies till his loss of life
He continued to doc his day by day life (and the incredible sights from his stoop) on YouTube up till his loss of life. The channel is a residing file of his life, he advised CNN in 2015.
“[Making videos] is enjoyable for me, entertaining for me,” he stated then. “It is my artwork and it is my reminiscences.”
He was open about his well being troubles in his movies, too. In a single clip from November 2019, he stated nerve injury in his legs made it more and more tough for him to stroll.
In 2019, he shared {that a} tree fell on his beloved residence. He moved into an condominium in March with the assistance of his ex-wife and two grownup youngsters.
It wasn’t as eliminated as his mountainside residence had been. However, as he confirmed viewers in a current YouTube video, he held onto the view of the Sierra Nevada mountain vary, although it was barely obscured now. And on the within, he’d adorned his wall with a rainbow-colored tapestry to make it really feel extra like residence.