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YouTuber "Apollo Legend" reportedly found dead at home hours after suicide letter surfaced online

Image via Apollo Legend, YouTube
Image via Apollo Legend, YouTube
Rishabh B.
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Modified 01 Jan 2021, 09:05 IST
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Recently, various sources have confirmed that Benjamin "Apollo Legend” Smith was found dead at his home yesterday, on December 30th.

According to sources, the YouTuber was found deceased at him home by police around evening. Initially, Daniel “Keemstar” Keem reported that he had left behind a suicide video/letter, in which he blamed a few YouTubers for pushing him over the edge.

The broadcasters in question had allegedly made videos mocking Apollo Legend and had accused him of lying about various details to get ad revenue from YouTube. The video that he posted on YouTube before the alleged suicide was removed from YouTube for the obvious reason of it infringing the platform’s TOS.


YouTuber Apollo Legend found dead at home by police, suicide video/letter surfaces online

In the seven-minute long video that exists on the internet as a Mediafire attachment, Apollo Legend cited reasons such as his deteriorating mental and physical conditions for such a move. Apparently, he was scheduled to be hospitalized for some medical condition, but instead decided to take this extreme step.

Apollo Legend was a speedrunning commentator/YouTuber who had quit the platform around a year ago after losing a lawsuit against gamer/restaurateur Billy Mitchell, who sued him over some illegal voice and video recordings that he obtained from an Arcade event that was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Billy Mitchel was apparently lying about his Donkey Kong speedruns, and was exposed by Apollo.

After losing the lawsuit and reaching an out of court settlement, Apollo Legend was continuously criticized by other YouTubers as he was accused of lying for ad-revenue.

In truth, when YouTuber/speedrunner RWhiteGoose was banned from Game Done Quick for years’ worth of white-supremacist and racist comments, Apollo Legend made a video defending him and accusing GDQ of kicking people with “different views.”

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However, the video ended up receiving huge backlash as people began to accuse him of “lying” to gain ad-revenue, as various parts of the video had been glossed over to create the impression that RWhiteGoose was banned due to no apparent reason.

Regardless, he quit YouTube officially around a year ago, and has since been criticized by other YouTubers as well. The news has now been confirmed by various sources, as can be seen in Twitter posts.

Moreover, the news has also been talked about in various Reddit posts, with people blaming YouTubers who made videos about Apollo Legend for the incident.

However, Billy Mitchell himself posted on Twitter defending them, and said that merely reporting the truth about a matter does not amount to any kind of wrong.

Published 31 Dec 2020, 15:41 IST
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