Former PokerNews CEO passes away at 38
Following complications resulting from an inoperable tumor on his brain, former PokerNews CEO Robert Davies has passed away. The 38-year-old had two brain tumors removed and had successfully undergone treatment, but it was always understood that cancer would more than likely return. Unable to undergo a third surgery, Davies was forced to endure the suffering until his body finally gave up on April 1.
Davies became the CEO of PokerNews when he was 29 years old. He steadied the ship in the wake of the Black Friday fallout, eventually leaving the company in 2014 to seek out new challenges. At that point, he joined a financial website design company, Advisor Websites based in Vancouver, while providing freelance consulting to other companies through his own RGD Consulting business. He leaves behind an ex-partner and twin sons.
A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money for his children. Because of his medical history, Davies was not able to qualify for life insurance, and the lack of income coupled with high medical bills has resulted in tremendous financial debt for his ex-partner, Julie. The Robbie Davies Memorial Fund hopes to gather as much as $100,000 and is already one-third of the way toward reaching its goal. 61 people have donated since the fund was created two days ago.