Aleksey Vayner Reported Dead in New York

Aleksey Vayner, the Yale graduate who became famous for a video résumé titled “Impossible is Nothing,” has died, according to several sources. An email sent by a friend of Vayner’s to a small group of people at Yale confirmed his death, and a woman claiming to be his niece recently posted a notice about him on Twitter.

Today a spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner confirmed to IvyGate that a 29-year-old man matching Vayner’s description, under the name of Alex Stone, died on the morning of January 19 in Queens, New York. The spokeswoman indicated that the cause of death has yet to be determined.

Sometime after moving to New York, Vayner began using the name Alex Stone, and according to Queens County court records, officially changed his name in April 2012.

An email circulating among his friends said that a memorial service was likely to be held on Saturday, January 26, in New York.

Update: Gawker has confirmed Vayner’s death.

Update: Vice’s Alex Pasternak, who interviewed Vayner last spring, has published a remembrance.

  • Y’09

    Was this a suicide? If so, I feel that many of us are responsible.

    • CC ’14

      I don’t know, responsibility is hard to attribute. He deserved the ridicule he got, anyway.

      • 123elle

        A self-serving and immature response.

      • Pete

        Responsibility is hard to attribute, but simply using your own logic, you deserve to be called an asshole.

        • Chris Borland

          What he said.

  • Guest

    And nothing of value was lost.

    • Guest

      ouch. examine your motives.

    • Mulher_Maluca

      How can you say that …. someone died ! You are truly a douchebag and a waste of sperm !!! You must have gone to Harvard …

  • Brown ’01

    Nobody ‘deserves’ ridicule. This is incredibly sad and it should be a moment for us all to reflect on how easily we judge others. I at least am very sorry for ever having judged him.

  • jane.e.wayne

    the dude had self-motivations and conquered to his liking. you would do the same if “nothing” is referring to the time you spend trying to reach your goal. impossible is nothing, makes since if you say take your time, because nothing is impossible. “and nothing of value was lost” was a very good way of saying is valuable skills that came from his time,indeed were lost.

    • AlexC730

      yes. valuable skills like smashing blocks with one’s forehead, and ballroom dancing.

    • Oxford

      Either you are a typically verbose Ivy arts major, whose florid attempts to appear intelligent break the English language, or this is the product of a bad google translation.

      Equal odds.IMO.

  • PeterMcPumpkin

    He will now go on to be the world’s greatest Casket Model

  • RIP

    huffpo or gawker, can’t remember which, reported that ivygate broke the vayner story. is that true?

  • Harvard90s

    What cruel comments. This guy did something that is so often rewarded — posed with a difficult situation, he created an outlandish approach that “just might get results.” He never hurt anyone. Even if you think his attempt was pathetic, the punishment for such should not be a ridiculed death.

  • Harley Jacobson

    Having an Ivy degree is nice, but it has made a lot of us total jerks.

    • jerk

      No –– it’s probably the other way around: Jerks tend to go to ivies ;D

  • Lorraine

    He may have gone about it the wrong way, but he was only trying to make something of himself, he was harmless and didn’t deserve to be persecuted. The reporters at this publication pestered him a lot if I remember rightly.
    Hal Parker I hope you’re proud of yourself.