Well known Twitch streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein is said to have died aged 31. Known as Reckful by his fans, Byron was a famous eSports player and had hundreds of thousands of followers on popular streaming platform Twitch.
Esports journalist Rod Breslau reported Reckful’s death on Twitter this evening, with tributes pouring in across social media.
Breslau tweeted: “Reckful’s passing has been confirmed by his roommate. Byron was 31.”
How did Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein die?
As of yet, no cause of death has been revealed, and Express.co.uk will update this page when more information is available.
Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein dead: How did Reckful die?
Unconfirmed reports have circulated saying he took his own life, three hours after sharing a tweet, reports the Daily Star.
Tributes for the gamer have been pouring in across social media, with many praising his skills.
One Twitter user wrote: “One of the most revolutionary players and gameplay streamers of all time, the best player of all time in WoW.
“One of the smartest investors of all time. I f*****g hate 2020, I wish I was able to do something about reckfuls situation. This is a loss for the whole gaming community.”
Twitch streamer Hikaru Nakamura wrote: “I will always be grateful to Reckful for the advice about streaming and our many conversations about life.
“I’m sure I’m not alone amongst your friends in wishing I could have done more.
“I hope you are in a better place now. Rest In Peace @Byron.”
Esports team TSM wrote on Twitter: “The impact felt by this loss spans the globe. Reckful left a lasting mark on this entire community, simply by sharing his. Thank you, Byron. Rest In Peace.”
Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, head of creator development at Twitch, took to Twitter to express his concern for the gaming community.
He wrote: “This isn’t a ‘F*** 2020’ moment. This is a ‘we need to pay attention to mental health’ and ‘we need better resources in the gaming/streaming community’ moment.
“Yes 2020 SUCKS, but that’s even more reason for us to recognise and combat the stigmas around mental health. RIP BYRON.”
Just three hours before his death was reported, Byron tweeted: “Ahh, I feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity.”
He also wrote on Twitter: “Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions.”
Byron had a very successful gaming career, finishing rank one online for six seasons in succession in World of Warcraft.
He was also the first person ever to reach 3,000 rating and won the Major League Gaming World of Warcraft tournament in 2010.
In 2011, Byron released a gaming movie titled Reckful 3, which within its first week of release was reached more than one million views.
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