‘Duke Nukem’ creator livetweets his stroke

George Broussard's close call made for riveting social media.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published May 16, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 7:23 am CDT

It wasn’t a bloodthirsty alien monster that put Duke Nukem co-creator George Broussard in the hospital last week—but the stroke that did was every bit as scary. Just not so scary that he couldn’t tweet while it was happening.

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i think i just had a stroke. slurred speech, can’t type well. work gf. going o emergency. wtf?

— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) May 14, 2014

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“Holy shit, man, call an ambulance!” one follower replied; “…good …luck?” wrote a slightly more puzzled party. Soon enough, Broussard got the care he needed. The good news? It was a “mild” cerebral event, and his thumbs appear to work just fine.

Headed for MRI. Blood drawn. Poked and prodded. Speech still slurred. Fine in ll other areas. Scared.

— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) May 14, 2014

Saw neurologist. Definitely had mild stroke. Speech bad but will recover. Will be admitted to hospital for 2-3 days for tests now. Sucks

— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) May 14, 2014

Broussard continued to post updates on his condition, noting when he was no longer “talking like Sylvester Stallone,” alluding to a “small clot,” and thanking his girlfriend—as well as fans—for helping him through the frightening ordeal.

It was just a matter of time, though, before a flash of the gritty, action-hero humor that makes Broussard’s video game franchise such a beloved phenomenon shone through.

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Dear Grim Reaper. Fuck you.

— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) May 15, 2014

Spoken like Duke himself. We’ll be visiting a strip club in your honor, buddy.

H/T Geek | Photo by José Carlos Cortizo Pérez/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 16, 2014, 2:34 pm CDT