500x img 0537 Gamers Come Together to Help Grieving Widow
On September 3 Brian Wood, lead designer for Company of Heroes Online, was in a car accident with his pregnant wife Erin Wood. In a last second heroic effort to save his wife and unborn child Brian swerved his car so his side took the blunt of the damage costing Brian his life. According to police, his heroic last effort was the sole reason why his wife and unborn child survived the accident.

Since then, gamers from around the world who heard this story have come together to help Erin in her time of grief by sending her donations and thoughtful prayers. Erin responded with this email to Kotaku:


My name is Erin Wood, and I wanted to send a request to please pass along my most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the gaming community for the overwhelming support provided to me in the past two weeks. I asked coworkers of Brian how I might best send my thanks, and they recommended sending them to Kotaku – hence this email. Any way you can help share this with the community would be much appreciated.

Brian always told me about how close-knit and wonderful the video game community was, but I had no idea until this tragedy just how special a group it really is. From all the articles and comments, to the emails and donations, I am simply stunned and so touched by the love, kindness, and generosity shown to me and my family. As everyone knows, the last 10 days have been the most difficult, dark days of my life. But this journey has been eased tremendously by the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes received from friends, family, and strangers living all over the world. It is so meaningful for me to hear about how his work and enthusiasm for the industry has touched others. Brian was completely and utterly devoted to the game industry, and was pretty much living his dream every day. He woke up every morning excited to be working in such a creative, demanding field. It was such a joy to be married to someone who was absolutely passionate about his professional life.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the compassion and support. It is so appreciated, and has been a light to me in this impossible situation.

Warm wishes,

To find out how you can help, you can visit the Brian Wood Memorial Trust website for more information.