‘Duke Nukem’ creator livetweets his stroke

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

Mar 2, 2020, 4:31 am*

Internet Culture


Miles Klee

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.

“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.

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.

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