Kim Kyeong-Bo, popularly known as ‘Alarm' in gaming, died at the age of 20, according to the Philadelphia Fusion team.
Before his death, the professional Overwatch player had apparently been with the squad for more than three years.
Fans are already mourning the popular player's death, with personal anecdotes and condolences filling the internet.
The Alarm's passing has left a significant void in the gaming community, as evidenced by the heartfelt words fans have left in his honor.
Since his debut in 2018, he has not only won numerous games but also many hearts, as seen by the messages supporters have left for him.
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Who Was Alarm?
Alarm was a South Korean professional Overwatch support player in the Overwatch League (OWL).
He began his career in 2016 with BK Stars before moving on to Lunatic-Hai and Fusion University of Overwatch Contenders (OWC).
Kim won four OWC regional titles and the OWC interregional Atlantic Showdown competition while at Fusion University.
Kim has signed with the OWL's Philadelphia Fusion for the 2020 season.
He was named Rookie of the Year in the OWL, was nominated for the league's Most Valuable Player award, was chosen a 2020 All-Star, and received a Role Star recognition that year.
How Did Alarm Die?
The reason for his death is not known. He died in November 2021.
“We are devastated and heartbroken to hear about Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-Bo's passing,” the Fusion team wrote in a brief press release.
Alarm was the heart and spirit of our company, and we are mourning his untimely loss with his family and friends.”
They went on to say, “The Kim family and the Fusion ask for privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”
Because the family has not publicly published a comment regarding Alarm's death, it is difficult to speculate on what occurred.
There were no reports of Alarm becoming ill or critically ill before to his death.
In fact, his last Twitch stream was two days earlier, and his last tweet was on November 3.
Both did not suggest anything out of the ordinary, implying that his death was really unexpected.
Alarm rose to prominence in 2020, receiving the ‘Rookie of the Year' award and rapidly becoming an important member of the Fusion team.
How Did Alarm Rise to Fame?
Kim Kyeong-bo began his professional Overwatch career in 2016 with the BK Stars, first as a tank player before transitioning to a support role in 2017.
BK Stars split after three seasons of little success in the South Korean Overwatch Apex tournament series.
Kim signed with the South Korean squad Lunatic-Hai in 2017, but the team split shortly after.
Kim joined Fusion University, the Philadelphia Fusion's academy team, in 2018, and competed in Overwatch Contenders North America.
He had a lot of success with Fusion University, winning numerous seasons of OWC North America and the interregional OWC Atlantic Showdown event.
Kim was promoted to the Philadelphia Fusion's main squad for the 2020 Overwatch League season when he turned 18.
During his debut season, he played a variety of support heroes and helped the Fusion finish second in three midseason events.
The squad finished second in the regular season standings, its greatest season in franchise history. Despite reaching the Grand Finals bracket, they were lost in the first round.
Kim's remarkable performance in the 2020 season earned him a nomination for the league's Most Valuable Player award, a Role Star recognition, a spot in the 2020 All-Star Game, and the Rookie of the Year title.
Kim's number 17 jersey will be retired by the Fusion on February 27, 2023, in honor of his services.