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Brazilian esports organization Imperial Esports has confirmed that Matheus “bruttJ” Queiroz has passed away in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. The 19-year-old Brazilian player joined Imperial Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster in November, following nearly a year on Team Reapers. However, he was placed on the bench for the past week due to health issues.
— Imperial Sportsbet.io (@imperialesports) December 15, 2019
BruttJ passes at 19
Imperial Esports confirmed that the player had passed away, but they noted that the cause of death was unknown. The organization stated that the player had started to get headaches in early December. Because of this, he left the team’s gaming house in São Paulo and returned home to his family in Rio de Janeiro. At the time of his passing, bruttJ was receiving treatment in a hospital in the capital.
On December 7, the player posted to social media at 8:00 p.m. that he wanted to leave the hospital and play CSGO until 8:00 in the morning. He then followed this up on Dec 8 with a message thanking his fans for supporting him during the situation. This went on to become his last tweet, with team members and fans paying tribute in the replies.
Talented CSGO player
BruttJ served as an AWPer and Rifler on teams like Super Nova Academy, Vitória eSports, Team Reapers, and finally Imperial Esports. While on Team Reaper, the player took the team to first-place finishes at events like Up Expo Game 2019 and South America’s ESEA Proving Grounds 2019. Other placements include 2nd at Season 31 of Brazil’s ESEA Open Division, 5 – 6 at Gamers Club Masters III, and 3 – 4 at Season 8 of ESL Brasil Premier League’s Online Stage.
Irmão vc é um dos caras mais talentosos que eu já vi, que Deus te receba de braços abertos aí no céu, sua energia contagiante vai sempre permanecer com a gente, e quando eu te encontrar aí no céu, eu vou sair te panhando 🤙♥️ @bruttzin
— KHTEXy (@KHTEX) December 15, 2019
After bruttJ was benched, Imperial Esports was loaned paiN Gaming player Alef “tatazin” Pereira as his replacement on the roster. Imperial Esports teammate Dener “KHTEX” Barchfield went to Twitter to express his condolences and that he still could not “believe that this [was] happening.”
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.