How did Kim Kyeong-Bo die? Overwatch player 'Alarm’ mourned after death at 20

Philadephia Fusion announces death of the star player at just 20, Internet mourns him as 'one of the nicest and kindest', with personal stories and tributes


                            How did Kim Kyeong-Bo die? Overwatch player 'Alarm’ mourned after death at 20
Philadelphia Fusion team member Alarm (Twitter)
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Kim Kyeong-Bo, better known by his gaming name 'Alarm', has died at 20, the Philadephia Fusion team announced on Sunday, November 7. The professional Overwatch player has reportedly been with the team for over three years before his death. Fans are now mourning the passing of the popular player, with personal stories and tributes flooding the internet. 

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The gaming community has been hit by many tragic losses this year. In October, Michael 'KiXSTAr' Stockley, a Rainbow Six Siege player, died at just 24. A month prior, Minecraft YouTuber Bashurverse succumbed to Covid-19 at 36. The same month, another Minecraft YouTuber, Technoblade announced he was diagnosed with cancer, leading to thousands of tweets in support of his battle.

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The death of the Alarm has left a huge hole in the gaming community, as evident by the heartwarming messages fans posted in honor of the South Korean. Since his 2018 debut, he's won not just many games, but also hearts, as is evident by the messages fans have put out for him.

How did Alarm die?

A cause of death was not immediately available. In a short press release, the Fusion team said, "We are devastated and heartbroken to hear about Kim "Alarm" Kyeong-Bo's passing. Alarm was the heart and soul of our organization, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we mourn this tragic loss." They added, "The Kim family and the Fusion ask for privacy during this incredibly difficult time."

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The family has not directly released a statement about Alarm's death, so it's hard to guess what happened. Prior to his death, there were no reports of Alarm falling sick or severely ill. In fact, he last uploaded a stream to Twitch two days ago, and his last tweet was made on November 3. Both didn't indicate anything out of the ordinary, so it seems like his death was indeed a very sudden one. 

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Alarm rose to fame in 2020, winning the 'Rookie of the Year' award, and quickly became a key part of the Fusion team. Here are just some of the many things fans and gamers had to say about the 20-year-old.

'The world is cruel man'

Fusion team member Elk tweeted, "Out of everyone I have met throughout my life alarm was one of the nicest and kindest people I encountered. Its very rare you can know someone for years and only have positive memories and experiences with them. To be honest im kind of lost for words." Another said, "Terrible to hear. I had the pleasure of casting Alarm from his start as a Tank player on BK Stars. He was a multi-talented gamer and gone way too soon. Rest in Peace." One person mourned, "If you ever got a chance to play/work with Alarm, you know just how special he was as a competitor and teammate. The world is cruel man, I'll miss ya buddy."

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"Alarm was such an amazing person and one of the most talented and hardworking people I’ve ever met. I remember him pushing me to improve constantly like it was yesterday. So heartbreaking to see him pass so young. Rest easy Kyeong-Bo," one person said. Another mourned, "This feels not real to me. seems like yesterday i met him at contenders season 1 lan and he was one of the kindest and most skilled players this game will ever see. Rest in peace alarm."

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The young star began his career with the academy team of Philadelphia Fusion, Fusion University, before being promoted in 2019. Since then, he's gone on to rack up some impressive stats, which you can view here at the Overwatch League website

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