The highly popular YouTube channel known as FPSRussia, where a Russian guy gets his hands on some of the latest and greatest weapons experienced a setback last Thursday. Business partner Keith Ratliff was found shot to death in Carnesville, Georgia. The police are treating it as a homicide.
According to his LinkedIn profile, "After a life of loving firearms and computers. I have combined both into one great new business that offers both viral marketing and quality firearms from one place. We are FPS Industries Global LLC a type 10 Destructive Device Manufacturer and Viral Marketing superpower on YouTube and Facebook."
Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas told local media that 32-year-old Keith Ratliff died of a single gunshot wound to the head and that his body had been sitting for some time before it was discovered. Thomas said investigators also found several guns in the area where Ratliff’s body was found and authorities are treating the death as a homicide until the investigation proves otherwise.
According to the report by Lake Hartwell Radio, Ratliff’s body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. The GBI is assisting local authorities in investigating the incident.
According to the business’s annual registration submitted to the state, Ratliff and Kyle Lamar Myers, aka FPSRussia, were both registered agents for the business FPS Industries Global LLC. The business was registered Jan. 9, 2012, but the massive Youtube channel, which has more than 500 million views and 3 million subscribers, has been around since August 2010.
The FPS Russia Facebook posted their loss yesterday, writing "As many of you already know I lost a close friend this week, I ask only that you show respect to the situation for the family's sake."
Ratliff, 32, leaves behind a wife and two-year-old son.
FPSRussia has nearly 3.5 million subscribers. If you are unfamiliar with FPSRussia and you like all types of weapons, below is a teaser of what they produce. Absolutely amazing!
As it seems to be leaking out I will confirm to save more messages and questions coming to me. As I am sure most of you know Keith Ratliff has been with the FPS Russia channel for quite some time now, helping us out with everything from pulling pranks to finding almost impossible weapons to use in videos. It saddens me to confirm that he was indeed found having passed away here in Georgia on Thursday. I do ask for some privacy right now as you can imagine it has shocked us all and our main thoughts and concerns lay with his family right now. Thank you for understanding.