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Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein, Popular Hearthstone and World of Warcraft Streamer, Has Passed Away

He was 31

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According to multiple sources, professional gamer and World of Warcraft streamer Byron "Reckful" Bernstein has passed away. He was 31.

While the exact cause of death remains uncertain, multiple sources close to Reckful have confirmed his passing early Tuesday morning, including his brother, Gary Bernstein. Rod Breslau, an esports consultant also confirmed the report this morning. 

An outpouring of support and love have filled Twitter today, with fans, colleagues and gaming companies he touched all coming out to express their condolences. World of Warcraft players have also taken to in-game tributes to the prolific Warcraft streamer, who rose to prominence in 2009 as one of the MMO's top players.

World of Warcraft's as well as Hearthstone's official Twitter account also paid tribute to the streamer, with the former calling Reckful "one of the most memorable WoW players of all time."

Twitch also paid tribute to Bernstein calling him a "pioneer" in the streaming world.

In addition to these tributes, players are gathering in game to pay tribute to the World of Warcraft streamer, with many calling for Blizzard to erect a memorial in his honor within Azeroth itself

Reckful was also in the process of creating social MMO Everlandwhich is slated to launch later this year. The MMO has been poised to provide a space for community and friendships to form within the game world, and has been in development since 2018. 

Our condolences to Byron's family and all those affected by his passing. Rest in peace, Reckful.

If you or anyone you know are dealing with a crisis or simply need someone to talk to, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore