Esports star 'Twisten' dies at 19 after chilling final message

June 12, 2023
Robert Ayers

Karel "Twisten" Asenbrener, the Czech eSports star, died last Tuesday at 19. 

His final Twitter message, which was posted shortly before his death, was "good night."

At the time of this writing, the message had nearly six million views.

The announcement

Asenbrener's death was announced the following day - Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - in a Twitter message that was released by Team Vitality, the French eSports organization for which Asenbrener played.

"We are heartbroken to share with you that our VALORANT player Karel 'Twisten' Asenbrener passed away last night," the message reads.

It continues:

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, and we will be stopping all communications for the rest of the day. Rest in peace Karel.

Asenbrener's mental health struggles

Asenbrener's cause of death has not officially been made public. But, many suspect that it may have been a suicide. And, there are several reasons for this.

First, it is well known that Asenbrener had mental health struggles. Asenbrener, himself, in fact, spoke candidly about his struggles with depression and self-harming behavior in February.

He wrote:

I have been dealing with depression for over two years now. I don’t know if people saw it at the event here at the LOCK/IN but over Christmas I did bad things to myself. I self-harmed and my was in bad situation [sic] for a few days and was considering ending it all but my dad saved me. I spent few days in the "worst" Mental Health Hospital for people that have serious problems.

Asenbrener, though, also said that, at the time, he was "doing great mentally and psychically."

"Taking his own life"

Two other things also seem to suggest that Asenbrener may have taken his own life.

One is a message from Team Vitality, in which it wrote:

Mental health continues to be an extremely important topic for everyone in esports and in life. If you are struggling please reach out to someone to talk, it is never too late.

Then, there is this message from Harry “Gorilla” Mepham, Team Vitality’s assistant coach:

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.

Still, Asenbrener's cause of death has yet to be officially reported.

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