According to CNN Paul ‘Bear’ Vasquez passed away this weekend. Vasquez was known the world over as a “double rainbow” after his video of a spectacular array of rainbows at Yosemite National Park in California. He was 57 years old.
Vasquez’s famous video from January 2010 currently represents around 47 million views. The three and a half minute clip shows the POV of Vasquez with a view of the mountains. Vasquez can be heard expressing his joy and wonder at the sight of a vibrant rainbow. His enthusiasm doubles when a second rainbow appears on the horizon.
After his video went viral, Vasquez had a certain level of fame, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in advertisements for Microsoft and Smartwater.
CNN reports that Vasquez lived in near-solitude for much of his life. He moved to Yosemite in 1985, leaving a firefighter job in East Los Angeles. Vasquez held various jobs in and around Yosemite and continued to create YouTube videos until his death.
In 2005, Vasquez added the cage fighter to his list of accomplishments. At Gladiator Challenge 45, fighting under the name of “Hungry Bear”, Vasquez fought his only pro MMA fight. He lost this fight to Ross Clifton in less than a minute due to a lock.
Vasquez posted images of his fight on his YouTube channel in 2007.
With the video, Vasquez included a description adding information about the fight.
It was my strategy to lose more than 100 lbs. I was going to die from obesity, I used MMA as motivation to train and lose weight, I have since lost almost 100 lbs more since this fight. For all the enemies I dare to enter the cage with me. It’s easy to say things from the couch, try to do it and see what it really looks like. My adversary, God rests his soul, fought his 8th fight while I was fighting my beginnings. He was 6’8 ” tall and weighed 425 lbs 8 ” tall and 50 lbs heavier than I was. To top it off five days before this fight, I tore my left rotator cuff so that my left arm didn’t work, I basically fought this experienced giant with one arm tied behind his back. The fight took place in 2005, I believe. I am listed in Shur Dog under the name of Paul Vasquez. The fight was in Porterville CA for King of the Cage Gladiator Challenge.
No cause of death has been reported for Vasquez. According to Variety Vasquez recently posted on Facebook that he was feeling sick and had trouble breathing. On May 5, he said he was going to be tested for COVID-19.