Social media and news reports say streamer and transgender gamer Maria Creveling, known as Remilia, died Friday. She was 24.
In 2015, she made history as the first woman to qualify and then compete in the League of Legends Championship Series with the Renegades team.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that my best friend Maria Creveling passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday,” eSports journalist Richard Lewis, who ESPN reported lived with Remilia in Las Vegas, said in a tweet. “Her absence will leave a void that can never be filled.
”She would not have wanted any lengthy statements or grand eulogies. Despite having fans all over the world she was never one who craved the spotlight. My only request is that anyone wanting to pay tribute reach out to ensure that it is done in a manner that respects her wishes.”
Creveling’s boyfriend, known on Twitter as @WhatleyLeague, shared his grief on Twitter:
“My girlfriend Maria died last night, she wouldn’t want any lengthy public statement, so all I’ll say is the 4 months I knew her were the best of both our lives and although she deserved so much more, it was a privilege to know her for the short time I did. RIP Maria, I love you.”
No official cause of death is known at this time. On Christmas and the days leading up to it, Creveling revealed through her tweets that she was having a tough time.
it doesn't feel like christmas.— Remilia ♡ (@DevilRemilia) December 25, 2019
it just feels like depression.
Can't wait to disappear. Until then I'm stuck being me and I don't quite like it very much.— Remilia ♡ (@DevilRemilia) December 25, 2019
I hate seeing people live out my dreams more successful and beautiful than I'll ever be. Life feels kind of unfair.— Remilia ♡ (@DevilRemilia) December 25, 2019
Creveling entered the professional League of Legends scene in 2013 as Curse Academy’s support player, and within two years earned the admiration of her competitors for her “world-class Thresh and Morgana skill,” TheGamer.com reported. Those skills helped boost the Renegades team to win the NACS Summer 2015 play-offs, a victory that secured them a spot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring season.
As ESPN reported, Creveling only competed with the Renegades in the League of Legends for less than a month before she left the team, citing anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues as well as pressure and harassment she received related to her history-making appearance. Subsequently, league operator Riot Games banned Renegades from the league in May 2015, alleging poor working conditions and collusion with another competitive team, Team Dragon Knights.
According to TheGamer.com, Creveling played in one event for a South American team, Kaos Latin Gamers, under the name Sakuya. She left the team in January of 2017 due to a paralyzed vocal cord. Following surgery in the United States related to that issue, Creveling joined FlyQuest as a substitute. She departed the organization in November of 2017.
Creveling then turned her attention to streaming her League of Legends gameplay on Twitch, following her tenure as a professional league player. TheGamer.com reported she also played other games such as Teamfight Tactics. As a Twitch partner, she streamed regularly to her following of over 90,000.
Since her death, social media has seen many tributes to Creveling, as well as the kind of anti-transgender animus that followed her throughout her career. Those kinds of sentiments have no place in this obituary.
Remilia, the first woman to compete as a professional gamer in the LCS, has passed away at 24. Remilia was a role model and an inspiration for so many people around the world in esports. the gaming community has lost too many good young souls this year— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) December 28, 2019
Maria "Remilia" Creveling was a woman. She was the first woman to compete in the LCS. This is not up for debate.— Jenny Huls (@RiotTinyBun) December 28, 2019
She Rose among everyone, she Ignited our hearts, she was a Warrior during all her life, but she wasn't able to be a Phoenix. But Legends Never Die. Rest in Peace, Remilia. pic.twitter.com/vHA1AWGNp0— Edel naBideña (@cintiedel) December 29, 2019
R.I.P. Maria "Remilia" Creveling. Your legend will always remember that you were the First. pic.twitter.com/yUSZje9ltt— (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ ♥ (@_BoldAsLove) December 28, 2019
Maria “Remilia” Creveling was 24.
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