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Twitch streamer Reckful passes away due to suicide

Published: 2/Jul/2020 17:43 Updated: 3/Jul/2020 10:47

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Twitch veteran and former esports pro Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein passed away on July 2 after taking his own life.

Reckful was an instantly-recognizable face in the Twitch community, drawing in thousands of viewers every time he went live on the Amazon-owned platform. The 31-year-old was best known for his World of Warcraft prowess, making a name for himself as a former pro player on the Blizzard title.

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Fans grew concerned for Bernstein’s wellbeing after a number of tweets were posted to his official Twitter account early on July 2. In the messages, Reckful expressed that he felt bad for those around him who he felt had to deal with his mental health, and stated that he felt he was not in control of the things he did.

“I feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity,” he wrote, shortly after publicly proposing to ex-girlfriend BeccaTilts. “Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions.”

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Just hours later, his ex-girlfriend BlueGoesMew confirmed the worst fears of many, tweeting that she had been having a panic attack for an hour, saying: “Yes, it’s him. He’s gone.”

The news was then confirmed by fellow streamer Nymn, who tweeted that Blue’s Twitter account had not been compromised, and he had spoken to Bernstein’s roommate as well.

“No, Blue’s twitter account isn’t hacked & Byron’s roommate has confirmed it,” the Swede tweeted. “It is true. F**k everything about this year.”

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Reckful’s World of Warcraft achievements are storied. He finished rank one for six seasons in a row and was the first player to reach 3000 rating. He also won MLG’s WoW tournament in 2010, held in Washington DC. After this, he naturally transitioned to Hearthstone, and came second place at BlizzCon’s 2013 Invitational.

On Twitch, he was known as a variety streamer, entertaining his audience of 936,000 followers with broadcasts such as cooking, IRL and gaming. The American had previously been open about his struggles with depression, appearing on Harvard psychiatrist Dr Alok Kanojia’s stream back in December 2019.

Following the news of his passing, tributes poured online from friends, fellow streamers, and viewers. “Heartbroken. Still in shock, I’ve dreaded that this day could possibly come,” famed streamer Andy Milonakis wrote. “RIP Byron, I love you.”

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“Only a few legends ever existed on Twitch. Reckful was one of them. Inspiration for so many, and for myself,” IRL streamer Jake’n’Bake said. “Rest In Peace, Byron.”

“RIP Reckful. Absolutely floored. Man is and will always be an absolute legend,” Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid tweeted.

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“Byron was an huge inspiration in many ways for me and and a lot of people/streamers,” Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel said. “He changed streaming forever, we’re going to miss him so much.”


If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA), the Samaritans 116-123 (UK), or Lifeline 13-11-14 (AUS).

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David Dobrik comes under fire after claiming he “hates nature”

Published: 16/Oct/2020 23:58

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star David Dobrik might be known for his charitable giveaways and wholesome content, but he’s coming under fire from critics after claiming he’s not a huge fan of being out in mother nature.

For those out of the loop, David Dobrik is one of YouTube’s most popular content creators, best known for giving away huge amounts of cash to fans and those in need (as well as holding contests with such prizes as Teslas).

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Despite David’s philanthropic nature, it seems that the vlogger is coming under fire from commenters online, who are upset at a statement he made during an episode of his ‘VIEWS’ podcast with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash.

In the episode, Dobrik goes on a long spiel about why he “hates nature,” explaining that roughing it in the outdoors just isn’t for him.

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“I cannot describe to you how much I f***ing hate nature,” Dobrik began. “I never knew I could be so angry at something. I was hiking in the mountains, and everybody I saw, I was just getting angry at. I was like, ‘Why are you here?’ I was so mad!”

“It feels so wrong, because everybody loves nature,” he continued. “…what is so cool about something that’s been there… for millions of years! What is so cool about that? …it feels like everything I’ve worked for has been erased. I’m stuck with the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

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Unsurprisingly, Dobrik was promptly assailed by angry commenters who took issue with his opinions on the world around him — more specifically, on his “annoyed” attitude about something as mundane as nature.

“I don’t justify it, but now I understand the hate that you get for being so closed-minded and kind of a d**k to your friends or the planet,” one listener wrote. “I know that you have done great things like charities and donations. But DUDE, grow up a bit, you live in a bubble.”

Commenters hit out at Dobrik's nature comments.

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“I thought David was cool until he said he doesn’t appreciate nature,” another chimed in. “Like what?”

While this is far from the first time Dobrik has faced backlash from his fanbase, it seems that his attitude in his recent podcast episodes are starting to turn some listeners off from the fandom.