Around the web: Community mourns the death of INTERNETHULK, celebrates his legacy

by Colin McNeil Nov 13 2017
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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.

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.

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”.

Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.