Fighting games player passes away after collapsing mid-tournament
The tight-knit world of competitive fighting games said goodbye to one of its own this morning after a player suddenly collapsed during a weekly tournament in Walnut, Calif.
Killer Instinct player Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore was participating in Super Arcade’s weekly Thursday night tournament, The Runback, when witnesses say he collapsed onto a chair before falling to the floor unconscious. Super Arcade immediately canceled the event and cleared the venue.
Emergency personnel arrived quickly on the scene and rushed Moore to a nearby hospital. A few hours later, Super Arcade announced that the player had passed away.
It's really not my place to make any comments at this time but unfortunately the most unfortunate has occurred. Good night everyone.— Super Arcade !!! (@SuperDojo) October 17, 2014
The incident has rocked the fighting games community, with professional players and broadcasters alike mourning the young player’s death. Here's Evil Geniuses fighting games player Ricky Ortiz:
I'm no one to say words of wisdom about life, but what just happened is truly unfortunate. That truly makes me sad. :(— Ricky Ortiz (@HelloKittyRicky) October 17, 2014
And commentator and community figurehead James Chen:
Another warrior in our family has left us. Thoughts go out to @pushatee22's family and friends. A moment of silence for our fallen comrade.— James Chen (@jchensor) October 17, 2014
Moore is survived by his wife and two children. Super Arcade announced earlier that their regular Friday event, Console Casuals will be streamed on Twitch, with all donations and money from wristband purchases going to cover funeral costs. In addition, Reddit community r/Kappa has set up a donation page to help Moore’s family. The cause of death has yet be to be announced.
Moore's good friend, Brian "MrGrimmmz" Rincon, posted an emotional video to YouTube earlier today. "We had just a great, great, time" he says.
"Sometimes life is just not fair."