On December 28th it was reported that Maria Creveling, also known by her gaming handle Remelia, had passed away. Richard Lewis, a prominent journalist within esports and friend to Maria, took to twitter to report this heartbreaking story, “It is with great sadness that I inform you that my best friend Maria Creveling (Remilia) passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday. Her absence will leave a void that can never be filled.”
It is with great sadness that I inform you that my best friend Maria Creveling passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday. Her absence will leave a void that can never be filled.
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) December 28, 2019
Maria had inspired so many during her time as a streamer and as a professional LOL player. More importantly, she inspired them by her courage and character. Fans and loved ones reached out and showed their respect for her through tweets.
Remilia's (Maria Creveling) death has honestly hit me really hard… when I was a young trans woman just getting into esports, her visibility meant the world to me. I looked up to her immensely and she showed me there was room for people like me on stage and in esports.
— pinecone | BLM (@pineconetv) December 29, 2019
Remilia, the first woman to compete as a professional gamer in the LCS, has passed away at 24. Remilia was a role model and an inspiration for so many people around the world in esports. the gaming community has lost too many good young souls this year
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) December 28, 2019
The news of Remilia´s death greatly saddened all the comunity. My heartfelt condolences and all my support to her family
You have been part of the development and we will remember you because of this
Colorless day for esports…
— Javier Hernando (@Hernand0lol) December 29, 2019
Through her streaming and gaming career, Maria working under her gaming handle Remilia had to deal with hate and harassment during her stint with the Renegades in the LCS. She would end up leaving the Renegades and the LCS due to anxiety from this, but continued to follow her passion through streaming and joining the Chaos Latin Gamers. Even in her death, Maria is met with backlash and hate.
Instead of focusing on hate lets focus on the positive. Each tweet is a reminder that Maria was a human that lived and loved people just like the rest of us. There are people that miss her and will continue to try and find a way to continue on the best they can while preserving her memory. Each day passed is another day we should show kindness and love to those around us because we all only have so much time here.
It’s always hard to report such heavy news, but let remember to show kindness and love to each other. Tweet out to your favorite gamers, artists, writers, or whoever and let them know you appreciate them!
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