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Team Vitality’s Valorant pro Twisten dies at age 19

By Fariha Bhatti


Jun 7, 2023

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Team Vitality’s pro player Karel “Twisten” Ašenbrener has passed away at the age of 19, the organization has confirmed.

In devastating news, Team Vitality has confirmed that Twisten died at the young age of 19. The Czech player was the French organization’s main duelist, who joined the Valorant team in November 2022. Since then, Karel has been on the organization’s main roster, garnering a massive fanbase worldwide with his performance as Team Vitality’s Jett. 

On June 7, Team Vitality announced via social media that Twisten had passed away. The organization also shared a message stressing the importance of mental health in esports. 

“We are deeply saddened by this devastating loss, and our first thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family in this difficult time. The whole Team Vitality organization is devastated by this news, and we will be stopping communication for the rest of the day,” Team Vitality shared in a statement. 

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Valorant pro Twisten passes away at 19

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While the organization hasn’t confirmed the cause of death, the Assistant Coach for Team Vitality, Harry “Gorilla” Mepham, alleges the pro player took his own life. Team Vitality’s message regarding mental health further suggests that this might have been the cause.

“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.” Gorilla said.

In February 2023, Twisten opened up about dealing with depression and self-harm, revealing that he spent time in a hospital due to self-harming incident. However, he said that he was feeling much better.

“As of now, Im doing great mentally and psychically outside of the game and just because of my teammates. I can promise you, this year will be our year,” Twisten wrote in a Twitlonger.

The loss of Twisten is a stark reminder that mental health issues are real and important. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to a mental health professional, a helpline, or a trusted person in your life.

Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA)