17-year-old Thai video gamer, Chanon Chuchart, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Nakhon Nayok province on Monday, August 31st, Thai news media is reporting.
He was also popular on Facebook, where he had more than 134,000 followers.
The gamer was predominantly known for his live streaming of the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
The day before his death, Chuchart had posted a photograph of his red Ducati motorcycle with a comment that he was taking a break from streaming as he was going on holiday with some friends and had to wake up early.
A day later, witnesses in Nakhon Nayok province said Chuchart was with a group of around 20 other bikers when he seemed to lose control of the Ducati motorbike.
He subsequently crashed into a median and then into a tree, destroying the bike and severely injuring himself.
Rescue services were immediately called, and they worked to save his life, but his injuries were so extensive Chuchart died not long afterward.
Chuchart’s family asked for donations for his funeral on his Facebook page, but this request was soon deleted and a subsequent post thanked fans for donations and told them the family was now at the temple.
The post went on to say the donations “were enough”.
Omnuay Studio fans left messages of condolence on the teen’s Facebook page.
One from Chiang Mai-based fellow video game streamer Kaveewat Sripangwong (aka Chickkapoo Channel) read:
I would like to express my condolences to your family.
I wish you no worry and that you go to a good life in a good world. Rest in peace.