Professional League of Legends player Maria ‘Remilia’ Creveling has died at the age of 24, friends announced on Saturday.
Remilia, who was from Las Vegas, was the only woman to compete in the LoL Championship Series (LCS), the top pro league for the world’s most popular e-sport.
News of her death was announced by a friend named Richard Lewis on Twitter, who wrote: ‘It is with great sadness that I inform you that my best friend Maria Creveling passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday.
Professional League of Legends player Maria ‘Remilia’ Creveling has died at the age of 24, friends announced on Saturday
Friends of the popular video gamer announced news of her death on social media
‘Her absence will leave a void that can never be filled. She would not have wanted any lengthy statements or grand eulogies.’
He claimed that despite having fans all over the world, Creveling, who was transgender, never craved the spotlight.
Remilia made history in late 2015 after she became the first woman to qualify and then compete in the League of Legends Championship Series with Renegades.
From his account named @WhatleyLeague, Remilia’s boyfriend wrote a heartfelt message announcing her death, along with a picture of them as shown above
From his account named @WhatleyLeague, Remilia’s boyfriend also wrote: ‘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.’ Creveling was a standout support player and qualified for the LCS with team Renegades in 2015.
She made her debut the next year under intense scrutiny. Many celebrated her, but the comment sections accompanying live streams of Renegades matches were flooded with sexist and transphobic harassment, Associated Press reported earlier this year.
Fans disputed her gender identity, wrote critically about her appearance and bashed her abilities.
Maria ‘Remilia’ Creveling was the only woman – and only transgender woman – to compete in the LoL Championship Series (LCS), the top pro league for the world’s most popular esport
Creveling was a standout support player and qualified for the LCS with team Renegades in 2015. She made her debut the next year under intense scrutiny
A few weeks into the season, Creveling removed herself from the Renegades’ roster, citing anxiety and self-esteem issues, Associated Press reported back in January.
However Remilia subsequently returned to the competition in September 2016 and played for Kaos Latin Gamers in the Latin American League of Legends region, according to Dot ESports.
Her exact cause of death is unknown at this point but news of her passing led to an outpouring of tributes on social media.
In response to Richard Lewis, one fan named @Tragician wrote: ‘She was one of my best friends and she helped me figure out who I am and who I’m going to be. I loved her and I’ll keep on loving her.
Remilia had returned to competitions in September of 2016 and had played for Kaos Latin Gamers in the Latin American League of Legends region
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‘She’ll always be in my thoughts. You were her best friend, I wish you the best, Richard.’
Another person wrote: ‘She was the one inspiration I had to get into playing league and playing professional when I was younger, i’ll miss her. :(.’
Replying to her boyfriend, another social media user named Maisey wrote: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this, I really looked up to her, and although she would never know she did a lot to help me get the confidence to be who i am today, sending all my love to you and her family & friends.’
More recently, she had played in the American amateur scene with Sector 7. She had also taken part in the Twitch Rivals Team Draft event in November, according to ESPN.