Twitch Streamer Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein Reportedly Dead at 31

The Twitch community is mourning Byron Bernstein. According to gaming journalist Rod Breslau, the Twitch personality and eSports competitor known as Reckful, passed away on July 2. He was 31 years old.

Bernstein's roommate, along with his ex-girlfriend, confirmed the news this morning to Bresleau.

Reckful's passing has been confirmed by his roommate. Byron was 31. pic.twitter.com/wfB5A2uhJm

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 2, 2020

according to his ex girlfriend, Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein has passed away. i can't believe this.

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 2, 2020

Hours before he died, he was active on Twitter, saying that he felt bad for anyone "who has to deal with" his insanity. "Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions," he added.

ahh, i feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity

— Reckful (@Byron) July 2, 2020

Bernstein also appeared to propose to a girl named Becca on Twitter. "I know she's the one i want forever, and I wanted her to know my commitment is real," he added.

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? pic.twitter.com/Xpmz3IlRqv

— Reckful (@Byron) July 2, 2020

The cause of Bernstein's reported death is unknown.Twitter users who alleged to be close to the late streamer worry that Bernstein died by suicide.

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Many fans took to social media to mourn Bernstein. They were shocked to hear of his passing. Fans and friends called him a wonderful person, and said that he meant so much to so many people.

Rest In Peace, Reckful.

What a terrible tragedy. You can tell he meant so much to so many people.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, then please speak to a trusted friend/family member or a professional.

I can’t stress this enough: life gets better. I promise.

— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) July 2, 2020

In total shock.

Reckful & I used to spend all day for years and years playing WoW, laughing, talking shit. I honestly don't think he ever realized how much joy he brought those around him.

He was a great friend, wonderful & incredibly unique person and I will miss him so much.

— Isaac CB (@RiotAzael) July 2, 2020

A lot of my WoW friends, most of which I consider family now, grew up as WoW players looking to be as competitive and charismatic as Reckful. He was one of the founding fathers of WoW PvP to me. I’ll never forget the laughter and moments of awe I’ve experienced watching him play

— Jaydee (@notjaydee) July 2, 2020

really hard to believe.

rip byron.

— timthetatman👑 (@timthetatman) July 2, 2020

I will never forget the "gamba" streams. One of the original streamers that got me watching twitch. RIP Reckful

— BSJ (@BananaSlamJamma) July 2, 2020

man I literally grew up watching people like reckful and I'm just tearing up the more I continue thinking about it ahh it's just so shit man today is awful

— DanielRMC (@RolandDMC) July 2, 2020

I know most of my audience doesn’t know who Reckful is, but his death should be an alert that mental health in the industry needs to continue to be taken very very seriously.

You’re all loved and cared about, things will get better.

RIP Reckful

Stay safe ❤️

— Dann (@DannTheManTV) July 2, 2020

He was best known for his achievements in World of Warcraft and Asheron's Call, according to Heavy. Bernstein had hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitch. He ranked as one of the ten richest gamers in 2017 by Gazette Review, claiming to be worth approximately $1.5 million during a livestream.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours every day.