Twitch Streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein Dies At 31


Today, former top World of Warcraft player and longtime Twitch streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein died.

Bernstein’s ex, Blue, and his close friend, Andy Milonakis, and posted about him on Twitter.

“Byron, I wish I could have helped you,” wrote Blue, saying that Bernstein died by suicide. “We all do. I’m so sorry I couldn’t. Thank you for being a part of my life. Love you always.”

“Heartbroken. Still in shock, I’ve dreaded that this day could possibly come. RIP Byron, I love you,” wrote Milonakis.

Esports consultant and journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau said that Bernstein’s roommate also confirmed his passing. Bernstein’s Twitch channel is now airing reruns with the stream title “RIP Reckful.”

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. Once a top World of Warcraft player, he ultimately decided to make his own MMO, Everland, a game whose goal was to “help people find friendship and a sense of community.”

In recent years, Bernstein regularly spoke about his struggles with depression and mental health. In doing so, he expressed a desire to help others process their own trauma. If the current outpouring of love on Twitch and Twitter is anything to go on, he helped a whole, whole lot of people.

If you or someone you know is struggling, call Australia’s national crisis hotline, Lifeline, on 13 11 14.


  • Oh man that’s so sad to hear. I wasn’t a regular viewer or anything, but I knew who Reckful was and I knew people who were big fans.

  • Hold on let me get this straight.
    First 29 year old YouTube sensation Desmond Etika Amofah takes his own life by suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge and now Byron Reckful Bernstein former World of Warcraft player and long-time Twitch streamer dies at 31 years of age?
    I don’t get it why people are having mental issues don’t seek any help at all only for them to take their own life by committing suicide.
    People who have mental health issues seriously need to seek help if they can.
    Just talk to someone anyone who can help you get help if you’re feeling downed or depressed.
    I’m not going to make any further comments if I ever see another report of a YouTuber or Twitch streamer dying at aged 31 by suicide is way too young.
    Just get some help talk to someone you know who can help you.

    • “I don’t get it why people are having mental issues don’t seek any help at all…”

      People with mental health issues particularly depression are often in a frame of mind which doesn’t let them, on their own accord, to decide to seek help. You become self-destructive mindset where you think nothing in the world could help you.

      Very often, they need someone nearby to reach and help guide them to help, and even then, it’s very difficult.

        • Its the most lucid of it’s posts, put together well enough that I was fooled until you mentioned the name of the poster.

    • Honestly, because people don’t want to hear about, they think they do but they always just presume the person is having a bad day. That is mean they don’t care, it’s just means they are so wrapped up in their things they don’t think the worse reality is possible.

      Then for some asking for help is impossible. Think of all those times you want to say to a person you have a mad crush on, that you love them, and how those words seem impossible to speak aloud because of the consequences. It’s the same type of thing, well it’s not, but similar.

  • I see the bots have improved to the point they are starting to draw legitimate reactions now… pretty frightening if you want to think pessimistically about it.

    • The bot’s master should start writing posts now and let everyone think the bot is getting smarter.

      It’s amusing to me to think about how suspicious a bot post seems the more coherent it gets.

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