Community Tributes to Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein

Community Tributes to Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein

In 2018, the United States reported over 48,000 suicides, up from 42,000 in 2014 according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Suicide rates continue to rise year after year–we can all help prevent suicide.

If you live in the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has many resources for people needing to talk, get help, or learn how to help their friends who are struggling. If you live outside of the US, here is an international list of hotline numbers if you do not feel comfortable talking to friends and family first. Talking about suicide is difficult, with the stigma surrounding it in society, but you are loved. Your life is valuable.

Out of respect, we are not reporting on the specific means of Reckful’s death. Instead, we wanted to use this post to celebrate his accomplishments and highlight how the community has come together to remember him. Many players of both factions are visiting his NPC Byron Burnside as well as paying respects in Stormwind Cathedral and Grommash Hold.

As we close out this post, we wanted to share one final tweet of Reckful being happy and laughing with friends. We hope he is at peace now. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends, and community.

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