Overwatch Legend INTERNETHULK passes away at age 30

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If you’ve been following competitive Overwatch since the beginning, the name INTERNETHULK will always be remembered as one of the true stars of the game. Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka’s passing was confirmed by Team Liquid last night, asking that fans “respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time”

Hawelka’s passing was a shock to the gaming world as the former player and current coach of Team Liquid’s League of Legends team had recently Tweeted about suffering from tonsillitis. The cause of his devastating passing has not yet been confirmed, but in a series of Tweets he spoke about his illness.


Hawelka will always be remembered as one of the players who brought together some of the best Overwatch talent around. In the early days of Overwatch, Hawelka formed IDDQD with players like HarryHook, Chipshajen, and Cocco. The eventually became Team EnvyUs and later Dallas Fuel, but Hawelka went his own way and played for Team Liquid before moving to the coaching position. When Team Liquid’s Overwatch team disbanded, Hawelka stayed on as the coach of their League of Legends team. For reference, here’s an interview with him from 2016.

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INTERNETHULK will always be remembered as one of the instrumental players in Overwatch’s humble beginnings and it’s a harrowing thought knowing that he won’t be around to see the start and success in the Overwatch League which he did play a major role in developing some of its star players.

Heroes never die…


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Last Updated: November 9, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Died from Tonsillitis ? That’s crazy

    • MonsterCheddar

      Tonsillitis does make adults extremely sick. My wife had it.

      • Yeah mine did as an adult, but it still blows my mind people can die from that in 2017

        • MonsterCheddar


        • Admiral Chief

          I was 23 when I removed mine, they poisoned me, had tonsillitis every two weeks at that stage of my life. Was REALLY sick post-op, but haven’t battled since

    • Original Heretic

      It’s actually not all that far fetched.
      Your tonsils are the biggest lymph node in your body, pretty much regulating your entire body’s lymphatic system (which is basically just a step lower than your blood system).
      Getting a nasty infection in your tonsils means the illness can reach your entire body.
      Kids bounce back from it really quickly because their immune systems are generally very adaptable.

    • Admiral Chief

      DIED??? Geez, I thought that you could perhaps die from complications during surgery to remove them…..but straight up dying?

      Wow. I’m really shocked

      • Admiral Chief

        So it seems you don’t die from tonsillitis, but from the complications it brings on (infections etc)

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