South American Valorant team KRÜ Esports reported the untimely death of member Santiago "Daveeys" Ruiz on Twitter earlier today, just a day after he celebrated his 23rd birthday. The Valorant community is shook to its core as Daveeys was a renowned player in the VCT Americas scene and a future star in the making.
In light of this saddening news, the community has shared their solemn thoughts and offered their sincere condolences to Santiago's friends and family.
Valorant community comes together to commemorate Daveeys' life and career
Current VCT World Champions, Evil Geniuses, shared their condolences after the news was made public.
Santiago's teammates Klaus and keznit have also shared their heartfelt thoughts:
Team Vitality, who recently lost a player of their own in Twisten, replied to KRÜ Esports' tweet breaking the sad news of Santiago's passing:
According to KRÜ Esports, Santiago died due to "descompensación," which roughly translates to organ failure according to a couple of Reddit comments about the tragic news. However, there is not enough clarity to confirm the cause of death.
A look at Daveeys' career
Daveeys started off his career with LAZER and quickly rose up the ranks of the Latin American North region as one of the best Duelist players. His breakout year would come in 2022 during the Chamber meta, where he was an absolute beast with the Agent, along with his signature Raze.
Daveeys was also the star of the E-Xolos LAZER roster that dominated the Latin America North region for the entirety of 2022. Despite E-Xolos LAZER not being able to make it to international VCT tournaments and the franchising era of 2023, Daveeys was a highly sought-after talent in Valorant's Latin American scene.
KRÜ Esports was quick to pick up the young gun. While the team had a disastrous regular season, the flex player was integral in their miracle run in the Americas LCQ. They did not have the best showing at Champions 2023, but Daveeys showed serious potential to be a future superstar.
The sudden death of a well-known player in the scene always comes as a shock. This day marks an extremely sad moment in VCT history, and we at Sportskeeda offer our heartfelt condolences to Santiago's family, friends, and loved ones.