Twitch streamer, former World of Warcraft pro Reckful dies at 31

Carla Harmon
July 5, 2020

Byron Bernstein, a popular and skilled World of Warcraft PvP player and streamer, has passed away at the age of 31.

Bernstein, 31, was a streamer and game developer who had a tremendous influence on countless streamers and viewers with a career that spanned much of Twitch's existence.

Bernstein was permanently banned from World Of Warcraft in 2014 for account sharing, but his legacy as one of the MMO's most famous and popular players has endured.

Becca Cho, another ex-girlfriend of the streamer, posted that she and Bernstein at some point had conversations about mental health.

His death was announced by Twitter user Blue, reportedly an ex-partner of Mr Bernstein. Forbes reports that Byron's Twitch channel was playing a replay of an old stream at the time they reported his death, and it was being viewed by 40 000+ people. 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.

Reckful's death was first reported on July 2, 2020.

We take this time to urge everyone battling their own mental battle to not let it brew within and use all the help that is available; be it love, family or friends. Bernstein proposed to her in a tweet. The heartrending request saw the outpouring of many tributes, with the WoW community organising a mass send-off in-game as well. I wish I could have said something to prevent it..." before following it up by saying "Yes, it's him.

"I will always be grateful to Reckful for the advice about streaming and our many conversations about life", he wrote on Twitter.

Taking to Twitter the team said, "The loss of Byron "Reckful" Bernstein transcends the normal boundaries of fandom".

My baby brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP. I have not seen her in 6 months. Twitch called Bryon a "streaming pioneer" and shared a powerful message about mental health.

He followed up the post a few minutes later with, "Ahh, I feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity", asking his followers to "please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions".

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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