Team Vitality has sadly announced the passing of their esteemed Valorant player, Karel ‘Twisten’ Ašenbrener, who was only 19 years old. In a heartfelt message shared on Twitter, the renowned French organization revealed that Twisten “left us last night.” Tragically, it was disclosed by Vitality’s assistant coach, Harry ‘Gorilla’ Mepham, that the young player had taken his own life. Back in February, Twisten bravely opened up about his ongoing battle with depression, revealing that he had sought help by staying at a mental health hospital due to his self-harming behavior.
Team Vitality has expressed profound sorrow in the wake of the tragic loss of their esteemed Valorant player, Karel ‘Twisten’ Ašenbrener and they have extended their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this exceptionally difficult period. The news of Twisten’s passing has profoundly affected the entire Team Vitality community, leaving them devastated. As a result, the decision has been made to halt all forms of communication for the remainder of the day.
It is indeed a heartbreaking loss for the Valorant community and the esports world as a whole. Karel “Twisten” Ašenbrener, a talented professional Valorant player who competed as a duelist for Team Vitality, tragically passed away on June 6, 2023, at the young age of 19. The news of his passing shook the community, especially with the disclosure that he took his own life, as shared in a tweet by Harry “Gorilla” Mepham, an assistant coach for Vitality’s Valorant team.
Twisten will be remembered not only for his skills in the game but also for his remarkable generosity. He donated $1,545 to a charity dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats in Europe, showcasing his compassionate nature and love for animals. His selflessness and passion for the game left a lasting impact on those who knew him.
In the midst of this tragedy, it is essential to extend our deepest condolences to Twisten’s family, friends, teammates, and countless fans who admired his talent and admired him as a person. His loss leaves a void in the Valorant community, and he will be greatly missed.
May his memory live on, and may we all strive to support and uplift one another, both in and outside of the gaming world.
Twisten’s journey to prominence began with his tenure at Czech organizations eSuba and Entropiq, but it was in 2022, as a member of BIG, that he truly made his mark. Throughout Stages 1 and 2 of the VCT 2022 EMEA Challengers tournaments, he played a pivotal role, helping his team compete at the highest level.
Towards the end of that year, Team Vitality recognized Twisten’s exceptional talent and signed him as one of Riot’s ten partners for the VCT EMEA league. His international debut took place at VCT LOCK//IN, where the team secured a placement of 9th-16th. However, following a disappointing 0-2 loss to Leviatán in the Round of 16, Twisten was noticeably absent from the subsequent post-match press conference. He later revealed that the outcome had deeply affected him, necessitating a break to gather his thoughts.
How did Twisten pass away?
It is worth noting that Twisten had actively supported mental health causes prior to these events. the specific cause of Twisten’s death has not been officially disclosed. However, there are indications that it may have been a result of suicide. Notably, he pledged to donate €25 ($27 USD) for every successful frag with a Shorty during the VCT LOCK//IN tournament. As a result, he donated a generous sum of €1450 (approximately $1553 USD) to Hunderettung Europa, a non-profit animal welfare association, based on the 58 Shorty kills achieved in São Paulo.
I woke up this morning to the news of one of my closest friends, someone who genuinely felt as if he was my brother, taking his own life. Words can not describe the grief or emptiness i’m feeling right now. I loved him and forever will.
I’ll leave this with a quote from his… https://t.co/5oO7IlUqTl
— Vitality Gorilla (@gorillaVL) June 7, 2023
Twisten’s contributions continued to propel Team Vitality forward, and they achieved a commendable 5th-6th place in the fiercely competitive VCT EMEA League. The team is now slated to participate in the last-chance qualifier for Valorant Champions in the region, scheduled to take place from July 15th to 23rd. The victor of this qualifier will secure a coveted spot in the season-ending tournament.
In this difficult time, it is crucial to rally together and support one another. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out for the help and support that is available.
Furthermore, as a testament to his generosity, Twisten donated a significant amount of €1450 (equivalent to approximately $1553 USD) to Hunderettung Europa, a non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare. This contribution was based on the impressive 58 Shorty kills he achieved during the tournament in São Paulo.
Twisten’s invaluable contributions continued to propel Team Vitality toward success, culminating in a commendable 5th-6th place finish in the highly competitive VCT EMEA League. Currently, the team is gearing up for the upcoming last-chance qualifier for Valorant Champions in the region. The qualifier is scheduled to take place from July 15th to 23rd, and the victorious team will secure a coveted spot in the season-ending tournament.
How old is Twisten?
Twisten Valorant was only 19 years old when he died.
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