TRAGEDY HITS TWILIGHT COMMUNITY: FAN DIES AT
There is no secret that Twilight fans will turn any Twilight event into a celebration. From conventions to premieres, Twilight fans (also known as "Twihards") who have never met each other, will coordinate utilizing social media in order to organize so they can gather and celebrate and meet their beloved stars. There are numerous of Twilight fans who are also SWATH fans as well.
Twilight fans began camping out at the San Diego Comic-Con for the Twilight panel which SWATH's Kristen Stewart will appear this week. However during the panel appearance, the occasion may be a little more subdued because a fan has died.
UT San Diego reports that Gisela Gagliardi (as identified by fans on Twitter) was the victim. Gagliardi attempted to avoid being hit by a vehicle while crossing the street heading back to Hall H. (Read fan account here)
Photographs were tweeted of her camping in line with friends (wearing green blouse) along with a photo her and Robert Pattinson here.
Fans took to Twitter to express condolences on her Twitter page (@mad4hugh). The world got to see the heart of Twilight community as fans trended #RIPTwiFanG.
Even moreso, the cast expressed their love and condolences for the fallen fan. Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Toni Trucks, Guri Weinberg, Judi Shekoni, MyAnna Buring and Charlie Bewley to name a few, expressed their sorrow for the loss.
The Twilight Convention (@TwiTour) and many members of the media also tweeted condolences. Summit Entertainment in conjunction with Lionsgate issued a joint statement:
"Lionsgate, Summit and the entire Twilight community are saddened by the death of a Comic-Con fan today due to a traffic accident during the hours leading up to this year’s convention in San Diego. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. She will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H," the statement read. A Twilight panel is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Thursday."
A fund has been created to assist with funeral expenses. Donations can be made here.
Flowers holding the space where Gisela was.
Finally, the most amazing trending topic of the day was #FandomisFamily. This pretty much says it all.
Gisela was 53-years old.