TomBroDude's Death

TomBroDude's Death

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Tom Reynolds, better known by his online handle @TomBroDude, was an American blogger and Weird Twitter personality who passed away at age of 27 in September 2016. Following the news of Reynolds' death, many of his followers on Twitter paid tribute in memoriam by retweeting his memorable quotes en masse and trolling WPVI, an ABC-affiliate local news station based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by sending pictures of a naked man to its account on the microblogging platform.


On September 18th, 2016, Tom's girlfriend used his Twitter account to announce that he had unexpectedly passed away the day before.[1] The cause of death is unknown, though Tom had tweeted about struggling with heroin[4] and being hospitalized shortly before his passing.[5]

Tom Bro Dude Following @tombrodude Hey, this is trinity, tom passed away yesterday. Unfortunately this is me at @Trinity_Pell in no way a joke. DM RETWEETSL LIKES 15 103 11:52 AM-18 Sep 2016


On January 30th, 2014, he tweeted "Like, when I die please just read my best jokes at my funeral and laugh aloud."[2] Twitter users responded by retweeting some of his best jokes in memoriam. A GoFundMe[3] was set up by Jacob Price the same day to help his mother and girlfriend pay for his final expenses, and exceeded its goal of $5,000 by over $3,000 in less than three days.

@6abc Raid

Tom had a tradition of trolling ABC's Philadelphia affiliate, WVPI, whenever they used the hashtag #6abcSnow.[6] He also often tweeted a picture of a naked man,[7] to the point where some Twitter users thought it was him.[8] On September 19th, 2016, a substantial amount of Weird Twitter users spammed WVPI's Twitter account, @6abc, with pictures of the naked man in tribute of Tom.

ancient krab man @SquidDao Follow @6abc TOM BRO DUDE FOREVER Wedge Antrilles @RockChalkChief * Follow @6abc I'm here for the party Largeson Wentz @FanSince09 * Follow @6abc did someone say hog?

The event was picked up by Adweek,[9] The Philly Voice,[13] and The Daily Dot.[10] On September 20th, it was discovered by Twitter user @MD_Morrison[12] that the naked man photo was of an Orange County porn star named "Michaelpornman,"[11] which sparked another series of jokes. On September 21st, TomBroDude's passing had become a Twitter moment.[14]

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Largeson Wentz@FanSince09 53m .@6abc go birds, baby! £35 54 Miles T. Prowler @Realindytails24 1h @6abc when you're overjoyed because you get to see your favorite twitter pals all weekend The Racism Man@HOldenLS-5h @6abc how bout this guy Sean Mulvihill MessEnScene 8h 6abc It'l show us a different look at the moon. pebbles@daniellasbroke-9h @6abc

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