Around the web: Community mourns the death of INTERNETHULK, celebrates his legacy
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The passing of INTERNETHULK
When news broke last week of the death of Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka, it sent the esports community reeling.
It was Team Liquid that first made his passing public via an announcement posted to Twitter. Hawelka last served as Team Liquid’s Overwatch coach, but was transitioning to a role as the organization’s head League of Legends coach ahead of the 2018 season.
Shortly after, heartfelt messages from fans, fellow pros and other community members began to pour in.
I still can’t believe this. Hulk is as old as me. And the lad was strong as fuck. How can something so shit as an infection take him down? The world really isn’t fair.
Hulk has done so much for Overwatch he needs to be remembered.
Fucking legend. Rest well lad. @INTERNETHULK
— Stylosa (@unitlostgaming) November 9, 2017
— – ̗̀ᴍɪᴄʜᴇʟʟᴇ ̖́- (@meeshell_t) November 9, 2017
With his unique talent in spotting rising stars, we will be honouring @INTERNETHULK by renaming our Breakthrough Player of the Year Community Award after him.
— /r/CompetitiveOverwatch (@CompetitiveOW) November 9, 2017
— Attsos / Aesaii (@xAesaii) November 9, 2017
.@INTERNETHULK was one of the first friends and teammates i ever made in overwatch. He encouraged and helped me as much as he could through out my career, rest peacefully.
— Outlaws LiNkzr (@LiNkzrOW) November 9, 2017
— eremita (@eremitkrebs) November 12, 2017
Dennis was so special. He always wore a smile and made others laugh. He was truly optimistic about life and extremely happy to have achieved his dreams. Our Overwatch team would not be what it is today without him. We love you Dennis.
— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) November 9, 2017
A charity fundraiser tournament, the HulkTastic Cup, was quickly set up in tribute. The friendly competition was intended to not only honor Hawelka, but raise money for his family through both a GoFundMe campaign and a Matcherino crowdfunding page.
— Twitch (@Twitch) November 11, 2017
— Jomjai Tha. (@JomjaiSIMD) November 11, 2017
The tournament raised close to $27,800 as of press time. According to the crowdfunding pages, Hawelka’s family will donate any funds beyond those necessary to “a charity of their choice”.
Today has truly been bittersweet. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and donated. This is why I love the OW community so much. Righto Klaus, you can go back to partying now, you crazy bastard. #HulkTastic
— Mitch Leslie (@UberShouts) November 12, 2017
Thanks to everyone who was a part of the #HulkTastic Cup celebration today, whether you played, cast, produced, chatted, watched, or donated.
— Scott Mercer (@GScottM) November 12, 2017
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) November 12, 2017
Woke up early this morning in Korea to watch the #HulkTastic Cup. Makes me happy to see our community come together like this, in memory of a true hero. We miss you so much @INTERNETHULK ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XJHr1u4DXd
— Susie Kim (@lilsusie) November 12, 2017
Seeing all the community together for the #HulkTastic Cup is making me very emotional right now
— Ivo ‘Linepro’ Kolev (@ivo_kk) November 11, 2017
I think we need to thank everyone who donated,arranged,cast,watched, and tweeted #HulkTastic Cup a great dedication tournament to a true coach of the future that we never got thanks to everyone for this great to see a classic overwatch stream surely would have made Hulk happy
— Overwatch Esports (@ILoveOWEsports) November 12, 2017
All good things must sadly come to an end. That was a wonderful tribute to Dennis. Rest in peace. #HulkTastic
— Marie Silfverberg (@_MrsMusic) November 12, 2017
Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.