THE Esports community experienced a devastating loss when it was announced sportscaster John Finch had passed away.
Finch was just 28-years-old at the time of his passing.
Who was John Finch?
John Finch was Hi-Rez studio team member and a part of the SMITE community.
Finch became a staple of the pro community after storming onto “The Caster,” a SMITE casting competition held by Hi-Rez in 2017.
Kelly Link, a fellow esports host and analyst, praised Finch as “an incredibly bright and caring person that would light up any conversation.”
What was his cause of death?
On Sunday, May 23, Finch’s company announced his tragic passing.
Hi-Rez CEO Stewart Chisam tweeted the sad news saying, “Rest in peace with all our love @finchcaster. A deeply sad day for the SMITE community.”
It was not announced how Finch died.
Chisam also posted a picture along with the tweet, that read, “I am devastated to relay the news John Finch, one of the anchor members of our esports casting team, passed away on Thursday. He was 28 years old.”
“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones. In 2017, John burst onto the scene at Hi-Rez as a contestant on The Caster, a reality show competition that we held to find new esports talent.”
“John’s insightful game analysis, charismatic personality, strong work ethic, and multi-game versatility immediately helped him to stand out on the show. After the show finished, we offered him a position on our esports staff where he instantly became beloved by our gaming community and staff.”
“In honor of John and out of respect for our esports family, note that planned SMITE Pro League a. SMITE Challenger Circuit matches for this week have been postponed.”
“We will communicate news at a later time in regards to when and how we will reboot the SPL season. This is a huge loss for our esports family. At the moment, we have few other details to share.”
“We ask that everyone give his family and loved one’s space and time to grieve. As a company and as a gaming community, we will also find a meaningful way to honor his legacy and contribution.”
Smite Pro’s official handle tweeted, “Our esports family is deeply saddened to share this news with all of you. John Finch was one of the best among us. He will be sorely missed.”
What did people say about his passing?
The eSports community was shocked to learn of Finch’s passing.
“We’re gonna miss you. Love you so much, and I’m so sorry the last picture I took with you was back in 2019,” one fan wrote.
“John Finch had a personality larger than life. Our friend, brother, my target to continuously improve. A glue in our little caster family. This one will hurt all of us for a while. I’ll miss you man. Your light carries on,” another said.
“Today we mourn the loss of someone who brought so much joy to the SPL community. Rest In Peace John Finch. You will be dearly missed and your impact never forgotten,” another wrote.
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