Tributes are pouring in on social media after the devastating news that popular online gamer Byron Bernstein has died at the age of 31.
Better known by his online alias 'Reckful', Bernstein had more than 259,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, with his videos watched millions of times from fans all around the world.
He also had nearly half a million followers on streaming platform Twitch, which released a statement after news of his death rocked the gaming community.
"We're devastated to hear of Byron's passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and community. He was a streaming pioneer and helped propel the whole industry forward," the statement said.
"Byron was someone who talked about his struggles to help make from 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."
'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.
Reckful’s heartbreaking final tweets to ex
Bernstein was open in discussing his mental health battles, and he posted a series of heartbreaking tweets to his ex-girlfriend in the hours before his death.
"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?" he wrote in a tweet.
"DO NOT make her feel pressured to say yes, I am completely insane here I have not seen her in 6 months," Bernstein added.
"The reason for the post is I know she’s the one I want forever, and I wanted her to know my commitment is real."
i know i’ll always be a little too crazy... and this is proof... but at least you’ll never be bored— Reckful (@Byron) July 2, 2020
will you marry me, becca? pic.twitter.com/Xpmz3IlRqv
He then followed up those tweets with a chilling reference to his mental health struggles.
"I feel bad for anyone who has to deal with my insanity."
"Please just know in these situations the insane person does not feel in control of their actions."
WARNING: The following video contains explicit language
In a devastating aftermath to his death, Bernstein's former girlfriend replied to his tweets - paying a heartfelt tribute to the 31-year-old.
"I didn't see the proposal until it was too late but that doesn't change the fact that I wasn't able to be there for him," she tweeted.
"He was amazing. He taught me how to have fun, to experience more, and challenged me to try to be more than what I was," she wrote of the Texas-based gamer. "He was larger than life, too big for this world."
"He brought me to realize that I knew NOTHING about depression, NOTHING about mental health issues," she continued. "I had this vague idea of what it was and embarrassingly thought that I could help with trivial bullshit."
A flood of tributes for Bernstein poured in on social media as the gaming community remembered the popular streamer, including one from his older brother, Gary.
My baby brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP. He left in a similar way as my older brother Guy. I’ve no siblings left.— Gary Bernstein 🌹 (@Gary_Bernstein) July 2, 2020
If you have stories and pictures of him, please share them. pic.twitter.com/11sNZkNxFy
Rest in peace, Byron "Reckful" Bernstein. pic.twitter.com/ptSu7c8cvj— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) July 2, 2020
He wanted to make sure people weren't put through what he went through.— SSG Stephen (@stephenhalphen) July 2, 2020
RIP Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein you will be missed ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZqL1pwuYHr
WoW legend. True Entertainer. Revolutionary streamer. The gaming world has lost an icon today.— G2 Esports (@G2esports) July 2, 2020
Rest in Peace, Byron "Reckful" Bernstein. We will miss you.
The gaming community lost a legend today. ⁰— Envy (@Envy) July 2, 2020
The world lost a legend today.⁰⁰
Rest In Peace, Byron "Reckful" Bernstein.⁰
We will never forget. You will be forever missed.
The face of twitch for many years, developing an ambitious game to bring people together, an abundantly caring and uniquely intelligent person, the list goes on. Not enough can be said about the light that Byron Bernstein brought into this world. Rest In Peace <3— sordiway (@Sordiway123) July 2, 2020
We are saddened to hear of the passing of streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein.— League of Legends (@LeagueOfLegends) July 2, 2020
Along with the gaming community, we mourn his loss today and have his family, friends, and fans in our thoughts.
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.— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) July 2, 2020