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Zidonuke (born February 18,[1] died February 21, 2018[2]), real name David Gregory Brown,[1] also known as Zidonuke Ghost, Zidonuke Marshdevil[3] and Starrykitten, previously as Sidonuke and Zephyr Nayl on Second Life,[4] was an American furry fan and computer programmer who lived in Ashburn, Virginia, USA.[5]

As a programmer, Zidonuke contributed programming and security consulting to several online projects such as Chucklefish Ltd's Starbound,[6] Second Life,[4] Pokémon World Online,[7] and TShock's Terraria.[8]

Fandom involvement[edit]


Zidonuke's fursona was a rabbit.[9]


Zidonuke attended and volunteered for several conventions,[10] including Anthrocon, Midwest FurFest, MagFest, and Biggest Little Fur Con. He was on the technical operations team at MagFest, and was one of the Dealer's Den leads at Biggest Little Fur Con.[11]


Zidonuke had a history of conflicting hacking exploits that garnered him some problems and distrust with projects and people he worked with,[12][13][14] such as Pokémon World Online[7][15][16] and Second Life, where he was banned by Linden Lab after reporting and exploiting various security issues with Vivox,[citation needed] a voice service in use by Second Life.


Zidonuke was a coder and administrator on F-List, but was banned in February 2011 after spying on users through the use of a TCP dumper.[17] Once discovered, he gave all users administrator access, removed bans, and published the site's code online. F-List Administration spent 5 days restoring the site entirely from backups.[18][19]

Fur Affinity[edit]

Main article: History of Fur Affinity#Staffing issues

On November 13, 2014, Fur Affinity announced that a new user named Starrykitten would be "joining the Dev/Ops team".[20] Starrykitten, listed as "Tech Team Lead" on the staff page, began talking candidly about site issues, and linked to a new developer operations tracker. The obvious use of a sockpuppet account led to suspicions, and Starrykitten admitted under pressure to being Zidonuke a few days later,[21] saying that (site owner) "Dragoneer was my next door neighbor and is my co-worker", and that he had been a "hidden admin on the FA staff" for the previous year.[22] The revelation proved hugely controversial, and he subsequently resigned.[23]

Reckless driving[edit]

At around 1:30am on Sunday January 22, 2017, Zidonuke was responsible for a high speed vehicle crash which claimed the lives of two other furries. The incident took place in Loudoun County, Virginia, when Zidonuke was driving a BMW with two passengers northbound on Route 606 (Old Ox Road) near Dulles West Boulevard.[24]

Using radar, Loudoun County deputy Glenn Keough measured the BMW's speed as 91mph[5] and initiated a traffic stop,[24] but the BMW ran a red light and turned as the deputy got behind the car. Keough lost sight of the BMW, and, as he crested a hill on Evergreen Mills Road, he discovered that the car had crashed into a tree near Evergreen Mills Road and Stone Springs Boulevard.[5] According to data later recovered from the BMW’s computer, the car reached speeds of 119 mph just before the crash.[25]

Deputy Keough saw fire under the hood of the BMW, and used a fire extinguisher from his own vehicle to put it out.[25] This allowed Zidonuke to crawl out through the broken front windshield, after which he told the deputy there were two passengers in the BMW. Fire engulfed the car, despite Keough’s continued efforts with extinguisher.

The two victims were later identified as Kyle W. Youngblood, 29, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia[5] (known in the furry fandom as Kalili Youngblood),[26] and Cody R. Cooling, 27, of Washington, DC[27] (known in the fandom as Galonodel).[26] Kalili, seated in the front passenger seat, was killed on impact, whilst Galonodel, seated in the rear, died in the fire.[25]

Zidonuke was charged with reckless driving and, according to Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, "will likely face more charges".[5]

In District Court on March 1, county prosecutors agreed to drop the misdemeanor charges (including speeding 91 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone) and to bring the charges in the incident to Circuit Court as a direct indictment through a grand jury.[28] On March 13, a Loudoun grand jury charged Zidonuke with two counts of involuntary manslaughter,[28] and a three-day jury trial was scheduled to begin on November 27.[28]

Zidonuke had previously been fined for speeding (September 2010),[29] and making an improper/erratic lane change (January 2014).[30]

On November 16, 2017, Zidonuke pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of driving over the speed limit. His jury trial was withdrawn and his sentencing was scheduled to take place on February 23, 2018.[31]


  1. 1.0 1.1 General District Court Online Case Information System of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. "As some of you are already aware, @Zidonuke, my husband, passed away this past Wednesday. He will be missed dearly." - Geenz (@GeenzCat), Twitter (23 February 2018)
  3. Zidonuke Ghost's profile on Second Life. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zephyr Nayl's profile on Second Life JIRA. Retrieved ?.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "2 Dead in Loudoun County After Speeding Car Crashes Into Tree, Authorities Say" - report on NBC Washington. Dated January 22, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  6. Just released Starrybound Server 1.1 announcement by Zidonuke on the Starbound's forums. Posted December 29, 2013. Retrieved ?.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pokémon World Online article entry on the Pokémon World Online's wiki. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  8. Zidonuke's profile on the TShock's forums. Retrieved ?.
  9. Zidonuke's profile on Fur Affinity. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  10. "I love being staffing at furry cons. Volunteers are always needed, and they make them actually happen. Giving back with hardwork when I can." - Zidonuke, Twitter (15 May 2017)
  11. Tweet on Zidonuke's account on Twitter. Dated May 28, 2017.
  12. The Starrybound mod has been pulled from our official database. Here's why. post by Molly Carroll on Reditt. Posted January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014. (source for "Molly Carroll" name is http://chucklefish.org/cf-presskit/#credits )
  13. If you're using tMod or know someone who is, read this IMMEDIATELY post by PlagueOfCats on Terraria's forums. Posted June 25, 2011. Retrieved Januaray 10, 2014.
  14. Unofficial CraftBukkit Build, 556 works with 1.3/1.4 MC Clients, ALL PLUGINS WORK! post on the Bukkit.org. Posted March 31, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  15. Zidonuke PWO announcement image on Photobucket. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  16. Zidonuke's deletion of PWO's data and server-side coding image on Photobucket. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  17. The Big Post-Downtime News Post announcement by Hexxy on F-List. Posted February 5, 2011 Retrieved ?.
  18. Rogue coder’s attack takes F-List down news article on Flayrah. Posted Febuary 3, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  19. Rogue coder’s attack takes F-List down news article on FNN. Posted Febuary 3, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  20. 11/13/2014 Site Status, New Coder, Stats - Fur Affinity (November 13, 2014)
  21. Comment to Site Status, New Coder, Stats - Starrykitten (November 17, 2014). Retrieved Dec 03, 2014.
  22. Comment to Site Status, New Coder, Stats - Starrykitten (November 17, 2014). Retrieved Dec 03, 2014.
  23. 12/01/2014 Site Status and Community Updates - Chase and Dragoneer, Fur Affinity (December 1, 2014)
  24. 24.0 24.1 "UPDATE: Two dead after Sunday morning crash in Loudoun County" - article on the Loundoun Times-Mirror. Dated January 22/24, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 "Driver Pleads Guilty in Double Fatality" - article in Loudoun Now. Dated November 28, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  26. 26.0 26.1 "RIP my Love, Kyle Youngblood 05/1987 to 01/22/2017" - posting by Heffboom Konijn on his Fur Affinity journal. Dated February 1, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  27. "Loudoun Investigators Seek Witnesses to Fatal Crash " - article on LoudounNow. Dated February 3, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 "Driver Indicted For Manslaughter in Fatal Crash" - article on LoudounNow. Dated March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  29. Case Number GT10044972-00 on the General District Court Online Case Information System of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  30. Case Number GT15001277-00 on the General District Court Online Case Information System of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  31. Case Number CR00030368-00 on the Virginia Circuit Court Online Case Information System of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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