Rachel Bryk, a transgender developer who contributed to the Dolphin emulator,an HD Wii and GameCube emulator for PC and Mac, has passed away. At 23 years old, Rachel Bryk took her own life on the 23rd April. After going missing prior to this date, Joan Bryk, a relative, posted a picture of Rachel on Facebook raising the fact she was missing and was last seen at the Belmar, New Jersey train station.
Tweets from friends who had been in contact with Rachel Tweeted that she had made her way to the George Washington Bridge to end her life. Multiple local reports confirm that an unidentified woman, presumed to be Rachel Bryk, had jumped from the North walkway around 4:30pm.
While the New York Port Authority confirmed a jump occurred, they said that the person can not be identified as the body is yet to be recovered although two eye witnesses saw the jump.
Rachel Bryk had scheduled a Tweet to be sent out which was screen grabbed on the 24th April at midnight. In it she says
Guess i am dead. Killed myself. Sorry.
Some attribute the decision to take her life to being the target of transphobia and abuse online, however a friend of Rachel’s shared a discussion on Twitter where Rachel described dealing with a painful rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia for the past sever years.
The Dolphin Community page offered tribute to the developer
It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, Rachel was reluctant to submit changes to the emulator at all due to being relatively inexperienced. But over the course of two years, she spent a considerable amount of time working on what she loved, becoming the tenth most active developer over the time period.
She often would do a lot of the drudge work that no one else would do and attempt features that no one else had time to work on. Much of her time in Dolphin was dedicated to giving TASers the tools they needed to be able to make ridiculous videos pushing games to and past their absolute limits. Without her dedicated work, it’s very likely that Wiimote TASing would not have become stable enough for general usage as it is now. She was also responsible for improvements in savestates, netplay, the user interface, configuration, and more.
Beyond that, she was a face constantly within our community, and bridged the gap between Dolphin and TASing communities. She regularly helped users in the IRC, forums, reddit, and beyond, and was one of the most helpful developers we’ve ever had.
Thanks to RachelB, Dolphin, as software and as a community, has improved a lot over the past few years. And she will be missed greatly by everyone. We are stronger, better people thanks to knowing her. We all share a common goal, best said by Rachel herself
We at Inisde Gamer would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Rachel Bryk.