Obituary: WoW and Hearthstone esports star and Twitch streamer Reckful

    
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Obituary: WoW and Hearthstone esports star and Twitch streamer Reckful

Gamers and Twitch fans are in mourning this afternoon, as reports confirming the death of streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein have hit social media. Both his girlfriend and his roommate have relayed the tragic news. (And now his brother.)

Reckful began his career in World of Warcraft esports over a decade ago, then became a Hearthstone pro and variety streamer. Memorials are already popping up across WoW, as are condemnations of those who harassed him knowing about his public struggles with depression. Redditors are memorializing him on the WoW sub, while Twitter fans are posting farewells in his last tweets and other streamers and WoW orgs speak their truth.

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Twitch and Blizzard paying their respects too:

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Fisty

F.

Mental health is hard. Appearances rarely reflect the demons raging inside. Condolences to his people.

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Oleg Chebeneev

True PvP legend. I always enjoyed his PvP movies and streams. He always looked so cheerful, its almost hard to believe he had depression issues that could lead to this.

RIP Reckful.

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Utakata

I don’t know this person, but whatever personal demons he fought, he can rest assure he had not died alone for those who remember him. And his legacy will likely live on. R.I.P. /bows

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Grimmtooth

I’m seeing screenies from multiple realms of people gathering in tribute. The temple in Stormwind was packed on Alleria realm, for example. It’s a very moving tribute.

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Fisty

I love your traps.

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Grimmtooth

Haha, POINTS! :)

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traja

Well this wasn’t the news I wanted to end today on. Damn. I only followed him a little bit but I heard his name so much more.

On the medical topic I believe that he struggled with depression for many years prior to this. So while the social media environment probably didn’t help it is also unlikely to be the real root cause of this event.

My guess is that his illness either didn’t respond to treatment well, which does unfortunately happen, or his illness prevented him from seeking sufficient treatment.

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Sorenthaz

He was apparently one of the best PvPers around and the first to get his rank/rating above 3000 in WoW? I never really watched him but definitely heard of him; Blizzard even gave a few nods to him in WoW and he was one of the Twitch OGs/pioneers alongside Summit, Soda, etc.

It’s such a shame that a guy like him struggled with depression/mental health, and sadly with social media and the Internet in general it can be hard to disconnect from the constant onslaught of negativity. RIP.

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federicobeiz

No mention of his reputation as the #1 rogue at the time? Or the fact that he was a streaming pioneer?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Well, he wasnt just #1 rogue. His warrior was highest ranked for a long time. Reckful played all classes at highest level

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Bruno Brito

Seeing Asmongold growing up is like watching lightning striking twice. Not something i’ve ever thought i was going to see.

But yeah. People are starting to realize what we knew for ages already: No matter how much we hide behind the screens and keyboards, words have power, and the most common power is to affect someone in a bad way.

Rest in peace, Byron.

Fuck 2020.

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Sorenthaz

Honestly just further shows why social media has a significant cancerous aspect to it. It really is kind of a pandora’s box phenomenon.

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Bruno Brito

Yes. I think it’s the bad side of the power of the people. That’s all we have, and we need to police it better. It’s unacceptable that it got to this point, and now we had to watch his gf tweeting that she was having a panic attack for one whole hour after the news.

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MichaelPienias1

damn , recently watched a documentary on his esports career via youtube . he had many ups and downs in his life but according to the video things seemed to be getting better… saddened to hear this. condolences to his friends and loved ones