Tributes have been flooding in for League of Legends pro gamer and the first woman to make it into the LoL Championship Series, Maria Creveling. Better known by her online persona, Remilia, the professional player lost her life aged just 24.
Remilia died on Friday 27th December, and thousands have now expressed their sadness at the huge loss.
Remilia’s boyfriend took to Twitter shortly after the news broke, writing: “My girlfriend Maria died last night, she wouldn’t want any lengthy public statement, so all I’ll say is the 4 months I knew her were the best of both our lives and although she deserved so much more, it was a privilege to know her for the short time I did. RIP Maria, I love you.”
Remilia’s impressive esports career includes her supporting countless League of Legends teams, both in a permanent capacity and as a substitute. She was also a member of the now-defunct Renegades, which she left in 2016 due to anxiety and harassment. She continued to play LoL professionally, most recently during a Twitch Rivals event.
Remilia, a transgender woman, was one of the most prominent female esports professionals on the scene and inspired countless gamers across the world.
Saddened fans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the pro gamer. One user writes: “She was the one inspiration I had to get into playing league and playing professional when I was younger, i’ll miss her. :(“
Another said: “Although I never spoke to or interacted with Remilia, hearing about the things she went through always strongly affected me and I always looked up to her and felt sympathy for what she had to deal with. I hope she finds peace, and I hope she knows how many people she helped.”
At the time of writing, Remilia’s cause of death has not been confirmed.
Our thoughts go out to her family, friends and fans.
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