Video game streamer found dead after publicly proposing to ex-girlfriend on Twitter

Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein.
Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein. Photo credit: Instagram @byron.bernstein

A popular video game streamer,  who received a raft of hateful messages and death threats after he proposed to his ex-girlfriend on Twitter, has been found dead. 

Friends of Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein said on Twitter he had died on Friday. 

The 31-year-old was renowned as one the best World of Warcraft players in the world, ranking number one for six consecutive seasons.

His ex-girlfriend and fellow streamer Becca 'Tilts' didn't see the proposal until after he had died.

"He was larger than life, too big for this world," she said in a Twitter statement.

Twitter trolls responded to the proposal with death threats, calling Bernstein "cringe" and accusing him of pressuring his ex-girlfriend into saying yes.

With almost a million followers on video-game streaming website Twitch, 'Reckful' leaves behind a community heartbroken by the loss.

Hours before his death, Bernstein's tweeted: "Ahh, 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," he added.

The former professional Esports player was open about his struggles with mental health, live-streaming his therapy sessions.

"I am happy, I've never felt this way in my life … I'm not saying it's gonna last forever, but right now, I'm (happy)," he said in a video.

Thousands gathered in World of Warcraft to pay tribute to Bernstein in a virtual cathedral, Daily Mail reported.

At his time of death, Bernstein was working with his community to create video game Everland.

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