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GTA RP community raise over $40,000 after death of streamer Blue622

Published: 9/Jul/2020 11:28 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 11:59

by Calum Patterson

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Following the unexpected passing of GTA RP player and streamer Kenny ‘Blue622’ Tancredi, the streaming community has come together to help raise an incredible amount of money, and pay tribute to a popular figure in the scene.

When GTA Roleplay took off in 2019, the experienced players were crucial in helping big-name streamers like LIRIK and Summit1g to become embedded in the unique culture and community it fosters.

Blue622 was a particularly influential member of the RP community, and his unexpected death sent a shockwave through the scene. As well as supporting other streamers, he was also a big part of the success of NoPixel, now the most well-known RP server.

Kenny Tancredi selfie
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Blue622 was a very influential figure in GTA RP.

He died suddenly on July 4, at his home. He was 30 years old. An obituary from Morgan Funeral Home says “Kenny was a Network Engineer and had a natural affiliation with anything technology related. This led to his spare time passion for gaming, which he turned into a successful, entrepreneurial endeavor that produced a following of other gamers. He also loved animals, water sports and snowboarding – and making everyone laugh.”

GTA RP community pays tribute to Blue622

In an incredible gesture, the NoPixel community on GTA RP paid a special in-game tribute to Tancredi, by visiting his home in the server.

Hundreds of players gathered peacefully outside his virtual residence, and shared a moment of reverence.

Streamer JoshOG explained the important role Tancredi had within the community, particularly how he helped get himself and Summit1g into the game.

Blue622 GoFundMe

A GoFundMe was set up by Tancredi’s mother, Holly Bentzen. The money will go towards ‘paying it forward’ “to give to others in Kenny’s memory. Also to create a memorial monument for his gravesite fitting for this gamer!”

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe has raised over $43,000, with Summit1g himself contributing $5,000.

Tancredi’s death came only days after the passing of fellow Twitch streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein, who took his own life on July 2. On July 7, streamer Ohlana also passed away after an apparent suicide.

It has been a difficult week for the streaming world, and there is now heightened focus on the pressures of being a full-time content creator.

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Jake Paul mocks Conor McGregor & Khabib ahead of Ben Askren fight

Published: 23/Feb/2021 17:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTube star turned amateur boxer Jake Paul is once again calling out Conor McGregor and even reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a new video ahead of his April 17 fight against Ben Askren.

Paul has been relentless in his pursuit of securing a boxing match against the Irishman McGregor, frequently challenging him in videos, making fight offers and videos mocking the UFC veteran.

On February 23, the YouTuber took things a step further by bringing McGregor’s rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, into the mix, mocking the Russian and his mannerisms.

In the short video, Paul impersonates McGregor, Khabib and Askren in a series of sketches to promote his April 17 bout.

Jake Paul poses with a boxing championship belt.
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Jake Paul has become a force in the boxing community.

In the first part of the clip, Jake puts on his best Irish accent and pretends to be McGregor having a phone call with UFC President Dana White after his loss to Dustin Poirier.

“Dana, I’m sorry I lost, mate. I bought this fooking Lamborghini though,” he joked.

Next, he pretended to be Khabib while wearing his signature Papakha doing a press conference in the wake of McGregor’s loss at UFC 257.

“This is what happens when you spar little kids, okay? I spar back,” he said in his best Russian accent. “Conor McGregor must respect gym. Conor McGregor no respect gym.”

In perhaps his best skip, Paul put on an afro-style wig and a “Vote for Pedro” shirt combining both Ben Askren and Napoleon Dynamite.

“I just got back from my hip surgery, now I’m going to fight Jake Paul for a bunch of money. I’m going to invest all of it into Siacoin,” the YouTuber mocked.

Askren, however, didn’t take too kindly to the video and didn’t even think it was worth all the effort. In a quote tweet, the 36-year-old called the video “average work at best.”

“The guy has a full-time production staff and he can’t come up with anything better???” Askren asked to the tune of a whopping three question marks.

Knowing Jake, this won’t be the last time he takes aim at Askren ahead of their fight. We’ll have to see if he can walk the walk after all this trash talk when the two step into the ring on April 17.