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Pro Gamer Dies Aged 19 After Posting Concerning Final Tweet

Karel Asenbrener Dead: Professional Esports gamer Karel Asenbrener has died aged 19 after posting a concerning final tweet.
Credit: @TwistenVAL/Twitter

Professional eSports gamer Karel Asenbrener has died aged 19 after posting a concerning final tweet.

Asenbrener was a rising star in the eSports world, known for his skill as a Valorant player for Team Vitality.

The gamer – who competed under the alias ‘Twisten’ – won €100,000 in a match on May 25.

However, his tragic and untimely death has now been confirmed.

Learn more about the death of Karel Asenbrener in the video below…

Team Vitality announced the devastating loss of their player through a statement shared on Twitter on June 6.

They expressed their deep sorrow and extended their thoughts and prayers to Asenbrener’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Asenbrener tragically died by suicide, as confirmed by the team’s assistant coach, with his final tweet before his untimely death adding a chilling dimension to the heartbreaking news.

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The statement from Team Vitality read: “We are heartbroken to share with you that our Valorant player Karel ‘Twisten’ Asenbrener passed away last night.

“We are deeply saddened by this devastating loss, and our first thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.

“The whole Team Vitality Organization is devastated by this news.”

Just before his death, Asenbrener posted a simple tweet saying: “Good night,” which prompted an outpouring of condolences from people in response to his final message.

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Professional Esports gamer Karel Asenbrener died aged 19 after posting this concerning final tweet. Credit: @TwistenVAL/Twitter

Earlier this year, Asenbrener had become increasingly open about his struggles with depression and self-harm.

He disclosed that he had spent time in a mental health facility and shared his experiences in a statement.

Asenbrener described his rough personal life after the Red Bull event, revealing that he had been battling depression for over two years.

He explained how his depression worsened during the holiday season, leading to self-harm and a serious mental health crisis where he contemplated ending his life.

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Thankfully, Asenbrener’s father intervened and saved him.

He spent time in a specialised mental health hospital to address his serious problems and eventually found a fresh start that helped him regain control of his life.

This period was incredibly challenging for Asenbrener, both as an individual and as a professional eSports athlete.

However, he expressed his renewed understanding of why he played games and the significance of his team in his life.

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Karel Asenbrener was open about his mental health struggles. Credit: Karel Asenbrener via Facebook

He acknowledged the support of his teammates and the behind-the-scenes efforts in Berlin that stood by him every day.

The news of Asenbrener’s death has left the eSports community and fans devastated.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace brother.”

Another said: “RIP man, in heaven you have a great place.”

“Heartbreaking man, rest in peace,” adds a third.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.