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

Known as Reckful on Twitch, he was most popular for World of Warcraft streams. The 31-year-old had more than nine lakh followers on the portal.

Former World of Warcraft pro player and popular Twitch streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein died in his Austin, Texas, apartment on Thursday. He was 31.

The Twitch and World of Warcraft Twitter accounts both posted statements Thursday following the news. In World of Warcraft, hundreds of players gathered to honor Bernstein as well.


The former esports pro frequently discussed his mental health on podcasts and on his streams, where he revealed he dealt with depression and bipolar disorder.

“We’re devastated to hear of Byron’s passing,” Twitch said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and community. He was a streaming pioneer and helped propel the whole industry forward. The communities he cultivated in the games he played were forever changed by his relentless pursuit of excellence.

“Byron was someone who talked about his struggles to help make room for others to do the same. As we process this loss, we have to recognize that the stigma around mental health and treatment often prevents people from seeking and getting the help they need. If you’re struggling or know someone who is, there are many organizations and people who want to help.”

Online card game Hearthstone, expressed their grief over Byron’s demise in a twitter post they stated, “We are tremendously saddened to learn of the passing of Byron “Reckful” Bernstein. We will be forever grateful for the many smiles, laughs, and epic triumphs he shared with all of us. The joy and inspiration he brought to so many in the Hearthstone community will not be forgotten in the Tavern. Our deepest condolences go out to Byron’s family and loved ones.”

Florida Mayhem, an overwatch esports team also expressed their sadness over his demise. They further urged people to be there for one another.

Taking to Twitter the team said, “The loss of Byron “Reckful” Bernstein transcends the normal boundaries of fandom. His career and his voice were dedicated to making us all happier people. Take the time, today & every day, to reach out to someone you know. Be there for them. We need each other now more than ever.”

Other people who have been shocked by his demise have also expressed their grief and have extended their condolences to his family.

Take a look at some of them: