California man who gained internet fame for viral 'double rainbow' video dies

A double rainbow

A double rainbow

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Vasquez brought the world goofy, honest joy in 2010 when a video of him spotting a double rainbow went viral.While the rainbow was lovely, it was Vasquez's reaction - his sobs and laughs and complete wonderment - that made the video remarkable.

Paul Vasquez, who goes by "Yosemitebear" on social media, passed away at a hospital in Mariposa County, the Coroner's office told the Modesto Bee.

The cause of death has not been released. His cause of death is now unknown, but he recently posted about getting tested for COVID-19 on his Facebook page, revealing he found out about another health condition during testing.

Vasquez shot to viral fame in January 2010 after he posted a YouTube video of a set of rainbows, in which he laughed, cried and exclaimed, "It's a double rainbow all the way across the sky".

It's a sad day, but the wholesome double rainbow video is still available on Paul's YouTube channel, so you can remember him in all his glory one more time. He notes in the caption that the camera couldn't capture the rainbows' intensity and brightness. It was Vasquez's reaction.

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In the 3-minute clip, which has garnered 46 million views, Vasquez is mesmerized by the sight, repeatedly saying "whoa", laughing and even crying.

Vasquez, who would go own to be known as "Double Rainbow Guy", died over the weekend, according to multiple reports.

"What does it all mean?" he pondered.

Jimmy Kimmel, the late night talk show host, tweeted about the video later that summer, furthering his popularity. He went on to book commercial deals with Smartwater, Delta, Microsoft and the telecom company Vodafone New Zealand.

"No matter where I was or what I was doing, Paul was a bright spot, always enthusiastic about the world", Robert Borchard, a friend of Vasquez, told the Bee. He called Vazquez an "amazing character".

A cannabis grower and user, he said he wasn't high when he shot the video.

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