World of Warcraft players gather for massive in-game memorial to Reckful

World of Warcraft players gather for massive in-game memorial to Reckful

Byron "Reckful" Bernstein, a popular video game streamer on Twitch, has died, according to social media posts from his ex-girlfriends and brother.

Reckful was most known, and will remain known, for the trail he blazed for streamers of a variety of different titles. He was known for broaching sensitive subjects in his online communications, something that endeared him to his many followers, who took to social media to mourn his loss.

"Reckful" was one of Twitch's first major streamers and was synonymous in the gaming community with Asheron's Call and being one of the best World of Warcraft players. Once a top World of Warcraft player, he ultimately decided to make his own MMO, Everland, a game whose goal was to "help people find friendship and a sense of community".

At a time the World of Warcraft player was one of the top in the world with thousands of people watching his stream.

While exact details of his death have yet to be released, his ex-girlfriend, Blue Madrigal (aka Blue Goes Mew), alleged via Twitter that it was an apparent suicide. A number of the biggest Twitch WOW streamers also joined in on the memorials, attracting a heartwarming number of players and viewers. The reason for the post is because I know she is the one I want forever, and I wanted her to know that my commitment is real. "He was wonderful. He taught me how to have fun, to experience more, and challenged me to try to be more than what I was", Becca wrote about her ex.

Becca who saw the posts by Reckful on Twitter much later reacted to the proposal with a lengthy post on Twitter Titled "RIP July 2, 2020".

Our condolences to Byron's family and all those affected by his passing. Byron, I wish I could have helped you.

Not all had followed his journey from top-ranked player to game developer, but they came in any case - such was his impact on World of Warcraft and its community.

"He introduced me to comprehend that I knew NOTHING about melancholy, NOTHING about psychological well being points", Cho wrote. Rest in peace, Byron "Reckful" Bernstein.

"We are saddened to hear of Byron "Reckful" Bernstein's passing".

That soul-searching will no doubt continue, now with an added focus on mental health, as gaming communities figure out how to be a safer and more inclusive place. He wrote, "Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions", he continued.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts and would like to talk to someone please call the Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.

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