(MARIPOSA, Calif.) — Paul L. Vasquez, the burly mountain man whose awestruck response upon seeing a double rainbow propelled him to web stardom and turned him right into a folks hero, has died in Central California. He was 57.
Vasquez, who referred to as himself Yosemitebear on social media, died early Saturday at a hospital emergency room, the Mariposa County coroner’s workplace instructed the Modesto Bee.
The reason for dying has not been launched. Vasquez had not too long ago posted on his Fb web page that he had gone to get examined for COVID-19 however realized about one other unspecified ailment.
In January 2010, Vasquez posted on YouTube a video shot from his mountainside home of a set of rainbows overlooking the Yosemite valley. He notes within the caption that the digital camera couldn’t seize the rainbows’ depth and brightness.
However that wasn’t what led to 46 million views of the video. It was Vasquez’s response.
Over the course of the 3-minute video, he repeatedly stated “whoa,” laughed and even sobbed as he marveled on the sight of the rainbows.
“It’s a double rainbow all the way in which throughout the sky!” he exclaimed.
He went on to ponder: “What does all of it imply?”
The video went viral that summer time after speak present host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted about it, and it led to appearances on quite a few TV exhibits and commercials for Smartwater, Microsoft and Delta Air Traces.
“His ‘Double Rainbow’ mainly wrote the e book on what a viral video was,” Vasquez’s good friend, Robert Borchard, instructed the Bee. He referred to as Vasquez an “wonderful character” who was all the time enthusiastic in regards to the world.
In a 2015 interview with CNN, Vasquez stated he was working as a Los Angeles County firefighter earlier than shifting within the mid 1980s to Mariposa, the place he labored odd jobs and lived alone in a cellular residence near Yosemite Nationwide Park.
A hashish grower and consumer, he stated he wasn’t excessive when he shot the video. He instructed CNN that his solitude allowed him to hook up with nature on a deep degree and gave him a freedom most individuals may by no means perceive.
“You’ll be able to’t take a look at a rainbow anymore and never take into consideration me,” he stated.