Update: Louisiana fighting game player Krucial B passes away while attending Defend the North

Tournament staff respond with statement

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 23, 2019 at 11:12 a.m. PDT

Update: Bryand McIntosh's teammate, GOL|Synphony, revealed on Twitter that McIntosh's family reports that the player passed away due to a heart attack caused by a hereditary condition. The original story follows.

During a weekend event that was supposed to be focused on fun and competition, the fighting game community instead had to come together to mourn the loss of one of its own.

Bryand "Krucial B" McIntosh passed away suddenly while attending Defend the North in New York City on Saturday, July 20. He was 34 years old.

Witnesses reported seeing McIntosh appear to suffer an apparent seizure on the bathroom floor of the venue before being treated by staff and paramedics where he was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

"I witnessed someone having a seizure today in the DTN bathroom, and I went to go get help for him," said Super Smash Bros. player Sinai Fang. "Luckily I was able to find hotel workers that were able to help. Unfortunately, I got the news that this man passed away."

New York authorities have not revealed what may have been behind McIntosh's alleged seizure though some have been pointing towards the heat wave that struck the city over the weekend.

Temperatures reportedly reached into the high 90 degree Fahrenheit range while heat index pushed that higher into triple digits forcing New York City's mayor to cancel some outdoor events.

Defend the North's founder, Andy "PIE|Citi" Dumornay, released a statement on McIntosh's death where he pledges to help in the investigation to try and discover the cause.

Citi's Statement from Defend the North

The staff at DTN and myself are devastated by the loss of Bryand McIntosh aka Krucial B this weekend.

It is with a heavy heart that we search for words to accurately describe the gravity of losing one of our own at a time that is supposed to be a celebration of our community. We offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Krucial B. Our thoughts are with you as you deal with this unimaginable loss.

From myself and the team at DTN, I pledge to do anything and everything we can to assist with investigations into Bryand’s death. We’re deeply shocked and mourn along with the community.

Krucial B was a long-time member of the Louisiana fighting game community where he was considered a pillar keeping everyone together from those who knew him with many reaching out to call him their friend, brother and mentor.


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Capcom confirmed McIntosh's passing on Twitter in a statement which you can see below.

Capcom Fighters' Statement on McIntosh's Passing

We are very saddened by the sudden passing of Bryand '@Krucial_B' McIntosh. He was a pillar in the Louisiana FGC and the community as a whole. Our deepest condolences to family and friends.

RIP Bryand. You will be missed.

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We at EventHubs offer our condolences to Bryand's family and friends during this unimaginably hard time. Hopefully we in the FGC can do as our name suggests and come closer together and support one another.

"I'm sad to say that yesterday I lost a great friend, teacher and big brother in my life," said McIntosh's teammate, GOL|Synphony on Twitter. "He is one of the reasons I rep GOL so proudly and how I am the competitor I am today. You will be missed dearly and the legacy you created in the LAFGC will live on. RIP GOL Krucial B."

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