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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.

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.”

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.”

 

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.”

“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.

“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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LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton

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Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

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xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.