Santiago “DaveeyS” Ruiz has reportedly passed away at the age of 23 this Sunday—a piece of heartbreaking news for the VALORANT and Esports communities.
Santiago Ruiz, more commonly known as DaveeyS, has been a professional VALORANT player for KRÜ Esports. He was originally from Colombia and was born on September 2, 2000.
On September 4, 2023, KRÜ Esports disclosed the saddening news of DaveeyS’ death. The Argentine organization stated that the unfortunate incident occurred after DaveeS suffered a decompensation.
“It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that, after suffering a decompensation on Sunday, @Daveeys21 passed away.” – KRÜ Esports
DaveeyS Turned 23 the Day Before his Death
According to Liquipedia’s information, DaveeyS passed away on September 3, 2023, just a day after his 23rd birthday. This may have been the most difficult part for the family and friends, as well as the team, to accept.
DaveeyS has been a key member of KRÜ Esports’ VALORANT team. Despite being a Sentinel main, he was KRÜ Esports’ second-best performer in VALORANT Champions 2023, demonstrating his dedication to the game and Esports.
The young pro player’s sudden death has understandably shocked the whole VALORANT and Esports community. To address this, KRÜ Esports showed its sincereness and support toward the family and friends in this hard time.
“All of us at KRÜ accompany their family and friends in this difficult moment, and we ask the entire community to support them with their strength and love.” KRÜ Esports
It has always been DaveeyS’ dream to represent his country and region at the top of VALORANT competitive scene, which he saw come true. The community is empathetic about DaveeyS’ sudden departure, as DaveeyS has been a devoted VALORANT player and a great teammate with hard-working humility.
“Daveeys, Santi, was a spectacular player and a first class teammate. With his trademark hard-working humility, he was proud to be able to inspire and represent his country and region at the top of the global VALORANT. It was his dream, and he saw it come true.” KRÜ Esports
On June 7, 2023, Vitality’s Twisten passed away at the age of 19. The community already lost a great player very early. And now, with DaveeyS, another young talent is gone from the VALORANT pro scene.
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