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Real name David Kirk Ginder[1]
Other names byuu
Born February 21, 1983
Birth place USA
Date of death June 27, 2021
Death place Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
Profession or hobby Writer, software developer
Character species Dragon/cat hybrid
David at a cat café in Tokyo in 2018. Photo via USA TODAY/Yahoo! News
byuu. Art by Devil-Vox.
byuu fursona. Art by Devil-Vox
byuu refsheet. Art by Kampidh.

near, also known as byuu, full byuu san (real name David Kirk Ginder; born February 21, 1983 - died June 27, 2021), was a non-binary furry fan, writer and software developer from the United States who lived in Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan.


Being non-binary, near identified themself as they/them, with a INTJ-T personality, preferring to keep to their own spaces, generally not reaching out first to others, and mostly working on projects by themself (although working at their best with friends around).[2]

near was a C++ programmer with 23 years of experience whose specialty was reverse engineering hardware and software. They were best known for creating the bsnes and higan video game emulators, and producing Japanese-to-English video game fan translations. They were also active in music and writing internet communities.

They had made fan translations for Dragon Quest V and Der Langrisser, and had collaborated with other translators for their projects, including Clyde "Tomato" Mandelin's translation of Mother 3.

Prior to their passing, they were working on a fan translation for the Super Famicom tactical role-playing game Bahamut Lagoon, the main character of which is where their former screen name came from, in collaboration with Tom (RetroTranslator), who had previously done translation work for the fan translation group DDSTranslation.


near's eponymous fursona is a fuzzy dragon/cat hybrid with white wings, dark-gray hair and blue eyes.


near passed away on June 27, 2021, [3][4] from an apparent suicide[5] due to the constant bullying and harassment they had received by users on Kiwi Farms,[6] an American Internet forum dedicated to the discussion of online figures and communities it deems "lolcows" ("people who can be 'milked for laughs'.").

On their last social post, near made the point that, as of late, Kiwi Farms had upped the ante:

The honest truth is, I've been bullied, ridiculed, and humiliated my entire life. From my earliest grade school memories to now. It's always hurt me deeply enough that I can't describe it in words. I could only just tolerate it with heavy depression when it was 4chan.

But Kiwi Farms has made the harassment orders of magnitude worse. It's escalated from attacking me for being autistic, to attacking and doxing my friends, and trying to suicide bait another, just to get a reaction from me. I lost one of my best friends to this. I feel responsible

I can't handle this anymore. I have tried everything. I have taken every medication available. I have tried multiple therapists. I have tried closing myself off from the world. It doesn't help at all. Every night I am filled with panic attacks and dread and worry (...).[7]


near would take their own life after this post.


  1. 'The internet is not a game. ... This stuff really hurts.' Respected developer who was bullied online dies by suicide. USA TODAY article on Yahoo! News. Dated August 1, 2021. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  2. About Near page on the Near's Respite website. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  3. A message about Near from a mutual friend. post on Twitter. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  4. Near, the emulator developer of bsnes, higan, and more, has died ( post on Hacker News. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  5. Near (Byuu) Has Died ( post on Hacker News. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  6. Suicides of harassment targets section on Kiwi Farms's Wikipedia entry. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  7. But Kiwi Farms has made the harassment orders of magnitude worse. post on Twitter. Retrieved June 30, 2021.

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