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By JPxG, Oltrepier, sawyer-mcdonell and AirshipJungleman29
A picture of late user Vami from January 2024.
A picture of Vami from January 2024, shortly before his premature passing.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that American Wikipedia volunteer Vami suddenly passed away on February 13, 2024, aged 24, just one day after making his last edits on the platform. He was a contributor on Commons, Wikidata, Meta, the English Wikipedia, and elsewhere.

Fellow Wikipedians sawyer-mcdonell and AirshipJungleman29 wrote a brief note about Vami's accomplishments:

Vami_IV joined Wikipedia in November 2014 and soon became a prolific editor across a wide variety of topics, including buildings, wildfires, video games, and the history of Europe, Texas, and Latin America. In total, he brought ten articles to featured status, including two worthy of the Four Award, and had nominated two more at WP:FAC at the time of his passing; he also brought numerous articles to A or GA-class, including a year-long project on Simón Bolívar. Vami often collaborated in these efforts with other editors; he was active at both WikiProject Military history, at which he was a coordinator between 2021 and 2023, and WikiProject Women in Red, for which he created 167 articles on primarily Latin American women. He also contributed extensively to WP:CCI and was active at the Wikimedia Discord, where he was unfailingly witty and generous with his time, especially with newer editors.

He will be remembered for his editing talents, his personality, and his dedication to the project, exemplified by his philosophy of Completionism:

"As a Wikipedia editor, I understand that my goal is the destruction of my purpose."

An armored person on horseback, holding a sword aloft. From a tarot card.
An image displayed since 2018 on Vami's userpage, with the caption "Be bold!"

On behalf of the whole Signpost staff, we would like to send our condolences to Vami's family and loved ones. You can leave respectful comments of remembrance on his talk page.

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