Following an extended period of silence on his YouTube channel, many fans of Bashurverse, aka Tasty, whose real name was Brandon Dylan Ashur, wanted to know what happened to him. Brandon was best known for his videos on Minecraft, and he had been on YouTube for more than a decade. Rumors began to spread online that he had died, but a lack of solid information led to wild speculation, and it was difficult to know what was true.
In a post on Facebook that has since been taken down, Brandon’s sister Anesa announced that he had died after contracting COVID-19. After her post was taken down, one of Brandon’s fans decided to repost it on Reddit.
“Brandon Dylan Ashur. There are so many things I could say but I don’t think I could even put our lives into words if I wanted to,” she wrote. “Why is this beast so terrible? Why did it have to get you?”
“You have faced so many challenges in your 36 years, never would I imagine we would lose you to a pandemic. You are one of the strongest people I know, and pushed through no matter what the internet said, no matter what people wanted to think,” she continued. “You proved how amazing of a soul you are. I love you to the moon and back.”
“My brother fought COVID, and unfortunately lost the battle,” her post concluded. “He has moved so many people through streaming. His 1.5 million on YouTube. The endless streamers on twitch. He fought so many demons all while saving millions of people without even realizing it. I cannot believe this is happening. He withstood every stupid comment made by the people who wanted him to fail. He was amazing. He is amazing. I hate this so much.”
Before his death at the hand of the pandemic, Brandon had been largely absent from social media for years after he was accused of being involved with girls who were minors while he was in high school. He posted videos until 2015, but then removed his entire social media presence and remained largely silent until 2019, when he re-emerged under the name Toasty.
Regardless of your feelings towards Brandon Ashur/Bashurverse or the content he has made throughout the years, it’s really damn sad to see him suddenly pass away from COVID…. Brinkwire short summary.