Paul Vasquez shot to fame when he saw a double rainbow in California and used the social media handle Yosemitebear to continue growing his positive messages. The rainbow guy died on Saturday, May 9, 2020, but the cause of death still remains unclear.
Paul Vasquez Biography
Paul L Vasquez was from Mariposa County in California. As per his Facebook page, he indicated that he went to Benjamin Franklin Senior High. He studied Fire Science at Mt.San Antonio College.
Paul Vasquez Age
Paul Vasquez was 57 years old at the time of his death.
Paul Vasquez Career
On his Facebook page, he indicated he was “Vessel of Spirit” and a former Professional Cage fighter at King of the Cage (KOTC), Former Long Haul Truck Driver trainer, Former Firefighter at Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Vasquez became an internet star in 2010 when he saw a double rainbow outside of his Yosemite valley home. In the entire three-and-a-half-minute video it shows two rainbows hanging over Yosemite National Park and was soundtracked by the reaction of Vasquez, the burly, 360-pound former firefighter who posted under the names Hungrybear9562 and later Yosemitebear62.
“Whoa, that’s a full rainbow. All the way. Double rainbow. Oh my God. Double rainbow all the way, it’s so intense, “Vasquez said in an astounding voice, which slowly amps up until he’s joyfully screaming, “Whoa! on my God! Oh my God!” His voice becomes overwhelmed with emotion throughout the clip, as he begins alternating between chortling and sobbing. “what does this mean?” he eventually says. “Too much. I don’t know what it means.”
The video was posted on the same day that he witnessed the rainbow with the caption, “It war rainbowing for at least an hour on January 8th, 2010. It was incredible. The camera could not capture the vivid intensity and brightness. Look into the mirror, look into your soul!”
The video gained recognition on July when Jimmy Kimmel tweeted it;
my friend Todd has declared this "funniest video in the world" – he might very well be right http://bit.ly/75ieRc
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 3, 2010
Later Bill Simmons retweeted it and a star was born. Quickly enough, Vasquez found himself on “Good Morning America,” profiled by CNN, in a Microsoft Windows commercial and on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The video, titled “Yosemitebear Mountain Double Rainbow 1-8-10,” has been viewed more than 47 million times as of Monday. Vasquez once told Modestobee, “You can’t look at a rainbow anymore and not think about me. That’s just the way it is.”
Paul Vasquez Facebook Post on Health
Paul Vasquez posted on his Facebook page on May 5, 2020, that he was being tested for coronavirus, but he didn’t think he had it. It’s not clear what the test results showed. “Getting tested for Covid 19. I’ll get my results in two days, however at this point I’m fairly certain that I don’ have it. I didn’t have a fever. Something else is going on with me. I’ll update later on.” He wrote.
Getting tested for Covid 19. I’ll get my results in two days, however at this point I’m fairly certain that I don’t have it. I didn’t have a fever. Something else is going on with me. I’ll update later on
On May 3, he had written about his health issues, in a long Facebook post, he started by saying, “I thought I might be having a heart attack today but I’ve vowed never again to go to an ER or hospital so I just rode it out
It took me several minutes to catch my breath after walking 50 feet, I went to the farm feeling weak, did what I needed to do came home and took a nap. My lungs are feeling congested, I’m suspecting pollen, after my nap I tested my oxygen level, it’s under 80, I have a fever of 100.2 I’m having a little trouble breathing if I walk in my apartment but it’s not to bad if I’m not moving. I signed up to make an appointment to get a Covid 19 test here in Mariposa on Tuesday. Please don’t give me any advice, or sympathy I don’t want it. I seriously doubt that I have the virus because I’ve been pretty careful but who knows right? Like I said I am never stepping into another ER or hospital again, that’s where people go to die, I don’t want to die in a hospital hearing beeps, alarms, getting poked and woken up, hell no! Whatever happens, I’m ready for it, I’m happy to experience it all, it might only be pollen and I’ll have more time in my apartment, if it’s the virus and it’s my time to recycle I look forward to coming back to a new body and starting over, whatever happens I’m enjoying the ride.”
I thought I might be having a heart attack today but I’ve vowed never again to go to an ER or hospital so I just rode it…
After the rainbow video went viral he told CNN, “Think about it if God wanted to give a message to humanity, would he give it to a president? No. He would give a humble farmer in Yosemite. God is confirming that I am like Noah. That’s what’s going on in the video. I’m supposed to unite humanity under the rainbow,” he said.
His online friends have issued their tributes to Paul Vasquez.
One user wrote on twitter: RIP to Paul Vasquez, aka the double rainbow guy. His awestruck video was funny, but also genuine and moving and humbling. A pure soul. Now he’s somewhere over the double rainbow.”
RIP to Paul Vasquez aka the double rainbow guy. His awestruck video was funny, but also genuine and moving and humbling. A pure soul. Now he’s somewhere over the double rainbow 🌈 🌈
— Boosh (@whatsupboosh) May 11, 2020
After the video, he went on to live near the national park though not with the same level of obscurity.