Byron “Reckful” Bernstein, a well-liked Twitch streamer and “World of Warcraft” gamer, has died. He was 31.
Bernstein’s older brother, Gary Bernstein, confirmed the tragic information via Twitter on Thursday.
“My child brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP,” Gary wrote of the Austin, Texas-based gamer. “He left in an identical manner as my older brother Man. I’ve no siblings left. When you’ve got tales and footage of him, please share them.”
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Bernstein’s ex-girlfriend — recognized within the online group as Blue Madrigal — additionally confirmed the information, tweeting on Thursday: “Sure, it’s him. He’s gone.” She additionally shared a video of the 2 collectively. In line with Blue, Berstein died by suicide, Variety.com reported.
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“Byron, I wish I could have helped you. We all do,” Blue tweeted in a separate publish. “I’m so sorry I couldn’t. Thank you for being a part of my life. Love you always.”
She added: “Thank you to everyone who has reached out. I wish he could see how much he is loved and all of the sweet things people have said to honor his memory. Remember, your words/tweets affect people, even the famous people. Please be kind.”
In line with Variety, Bernstein, who was finest recognized for his “World of Warcraft” streams, had over 936,000 followers on Twitch and had additionally just lately begun working as a developer on his personal online game referred to as, “Everland.” It was set to be launched later this yr, per the outlet.
Bernstein’s remaining tweets Thursday morning had followers responding with concern. “Ahh, I feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity,” he said. “Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions.”
Simply hours earlier than Bernstein’s demise was reported, he appeared to suggest to an ex-girlfriend on social media. “I know I’ll always be a little too crazy… and this is proof… but at least you’ll never be bored. Will you marry me, Becca?” he shared on Twitter with images of his reported ex-significant different and urged his followers to not stress her into saying sure.
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“DO NOT make her feel pressured to say yes, i am completely insane here,” he continued. “I have not seen her in 6 months. The reason for the post is I know she’s the one I want forever, and I wanted her to know my commitment is real.”
Becca seemingly reacted to the wedding proposal in a prolonged Twitter publish titled “RIP july 2, 2020.”
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“I didnt see the proposal till it was too late however that doesnt change the truth that i wasnt in a position to be there for him,” she stated partly.
Becca paid tribute to Bernstein, writing, “He was wonderful. he taught me easy methods to have enjoyable, to expertise extra, and challenged me to attempt to be greater than what i used to be. he was bigger than life, too massive for this world.”
She continued: “He brought me to realize that i knew NOTHING about depression, NOTHING about mental health issues. i had this vague idea of what it was and embarrassingly thought that i could help with trivial bull—-.”
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Bernstein’s brother, Gary, responded, telling her: “I don’t know you but this isn’t your fault.”
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Along with the 1000’s of tributes which have poured in for Bernstein, Twitch, League of Legends and World of Warcraft’s social media accounts additionally issued their very own condolences within the wake of the information.
“The Warcraft team is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most memorable WoW players of all time,” World of Warcraft’s be aware reads. “Rest in peace, Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein. We extend our sincerest condolences to Byron’s family, friends, and his many fans around the world.”
League of Legends’ statement stated: “We’re saddened to listen to of the passing of streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein. Together with the gaming group, we mourn his loss at present and have his household, mates, and followers in our ideas.”
Twitch referred to as Bernstein a “streaming pioneer,” writing: “We’re devasted to listen to of Byron’s passing. Our hearts exit to his household, mates, and group.
“He was a streaming pioneer and helped propel the entire trade ahead. The communities he cultivated within the video games he performed have been perpetually modified by his relentless pursuit of excellence. Byron was somebody who talked about his struggles to assist make room for others to do the identical. As we course of this loss, now we have to acknowledge that the stigma round psychological well being and therapy typically prevents folks from looking for and getting the assistance they want.
“If you’re struggling or know someone who is, there are many organizations and people who want to help,” the assertion concluded.
In the event you or somebody you realize is having ideas of suicide, please contact the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).