In a tragic turn of events, the esports world is mourning the loss of Santiago “Daveeys” Ruiz, the 23-year-old VALORANT pro player from KRÜ Esports. Daveeys, a rising star in the gaming scene, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023, with the cause of death attributed to heart failure.
The devastating news of Daveeys untimely death was shared by his team KRÜ Esports, KRÜ Esports, sending shockwaves through the gaming community. Tributes and condolences have been pouring in from fans and fellow players alike, paying homage to one of VALORANT’s most promising talents.
Klaus, a teammate of Daveeys at KRÜ Esports, fondly remembers his friend: “When I was sick, you were always there to cheer me up and move me. You were and will continue to be my friend wherever you are. I will always carry you with me in my mind in everything we share together. I will miss you like never before. I love you, friend. RIP.”
In a tweet, KRÜ Esports shared their profound grief: “We regret to inform you that, following a decompensation episode on Sunday, @Daveeys21 has passed away. There are no words to ease the pain; this has taken us all by surprise.”
Es con profunda tristeza que tenemos que comunicarles que, tras sufrir una descompensación el domingo, falleció @Daveeys21.
No hay forma de suavizar esto, nos tomó a todos por sorpresa.
Daveeys, Santi, era un player espectacular y un compañero de primera. Con su característica… pic.twitter.com/muuHmBfCII
— KRÜ Esports (@KRUesports) September 4, 2023
Daveeys’ impact stretched beyond his own team, earning respect and admiration from players across the esports spectrum. Cloud9’s in-game leader, runi, expressed his appreciation for Daveeys’ talent and positivity in the game.
In the LATAM region, Daveeys’ presence was deeply felt, with kiNgg from team Leviatán offering his heartfelt tribute: “Too sad with the news, I didn’t get to know him very much, but he always looked like such a chill and friendly person. What a shame everything can change from one day to the next. My deepest condolences and all the support for the family. I hope you rest in peace.”
Daveeys joined KRÜ Esports in October the previous year, and his remarkable skills played a pivotal role in the team’s journey to qualify for the VALORANT Champions through the Last Chance Qualifiers, where they claimed a prize of $20,000. Tragically, Daveeys passed away just a day after celebrating his birthday, leaving the gaming community in shock and disbelief.
While details surrounding Daveeys’ passing remain limited, the organization’s tweet revealed that he succumbed to medical complications, particularly a “decompensation” episode, indicating a struggle to maintain sufficient circulation by the heart.
The loss of Santiago “Daveeys” Ruiz has profoundly affected the Valorant community, with professional teams, players, fans, and gamers alike coming together to offer their sincere condolences and support during this tragic time.