Gaming YouTuber McSkillet has reportedly died in a car crash in San Diego, California.
The car crash happened late on Thursday afternoon and involved a $200,000 McLaren sports car, driving the wrong way on San Diego’s I-805 freeway. Local media is reporting that the driver, as well as the two passengers in the car that was hit, a mother and daughter, have died.
Within hours of the crash, many people online expressed their beliefs that the driver of the McLaren was indeed McSkillet. McSkillet had revealed the car in a video from his channel in December 2017.
Because of the lack of information regarding the crash and McSkillet himself, it’s unclear if the crash was an accident on intentional, but some of McSkillet’s friends and acquaintances online are speculating that he took his own life. Joe Grech wrote: “Horrible that he had to take his own life, however, that doesn’t excuse the manner in which he did it. Claiming multiple lives.” @RDGayBowser tweeted: “RIP to @OG_McSkillet. You truly were my best friend and biggest inspiration in life. I know you were dealing with an incredibly hard time but I know heaven will treat you well. I love you so much. Thank you for all the amazing times.”
Adding some more confusion to the crash is that, earlier in the day, a Black McLaren had also driven through a gate at a nearby elementary school. It’ll definitely take some time for investigators to sort all this out, since the McLaren was supposedly traveling 100 mph at the time of the crash.
McSkillet was best known as a creator of skins for the game CounterStrike: Global Offensive, frequently shorted to CS:GO. Earlier in 2018, McSkillet had been “trade-banned” by Valve for his involvement in the skin gambling website, CS:GO Magic. This potentially cut off McSkillet from a massive amount of revenue. CS:GO has had to deal with a lot of illegal gambling, with people essentially using skins as casino chips on Valve.
This is a pretty complex topic that we definitely don’t have time to do justice in this video, but we’ve put a detailed explainer from Polygon in the comments. Perhaps partially due to the ban, McSkillet hadn’t posted a new video to his channel since March, and on Twitter considered himself a “retired” YouTuber.
And while many online are mourning McSkillet the way they would any YouTuber they admired, others are taking issue, rightfully so, with how he died, if he indeed committed suicide. Twitter user @Goat_Kaneki said “It doesn’t matter if it’s your friend, family or anyone. The guy murdered two people flat out for no reason.” Another user wrote wrote: “sad that he was so broken he committed suicide but what a stupid, selfish fuckin way to do it”
This is a tragedy any way you look at it. There’s so much we don’t know right now, I don’t think we can pass judgment on anyone. But what do you guys think? Did you watch McSkillet’s videos? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.