Kenny Tancredi aka Blue622, a popular Twitch streamer, died “unexpectedly” on July 4 in Budd Lake, New Jersey. Tancredi turned 30 on June 22.
According to Tancredi’s obituary, he worked as a network engineer and “had a natural affiliation with anything technology related.” The tribute described Tancredi turning his passion for gaming into an entrepreneurial activity. At the time of his death, Tancredi had more than 45,000 followers on Twitch. Tancredi went by the moniker Blue622 on the platform. In addition to technology and gaming, Tancredi was passionate about animals, water sports and snowboarding. Tancredi was also passionate about “making everyone laugh.”
One sentence in the obituary reads, “Kenny conquered many challenges through his short life, but could not conquer all – even though he gave it a good fight.” Tancredi is survived by his mother, step-sister, stepbrother “as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.” Tancredi’s funeral will be held on July 13.
1. Tancredi Studied at Anthem Institute
Tancredi studied computer and networking at the Anthem Institute in Jersey City, New Jersey, according to his Facebook page. Tancredi graduated from the school in 2014.
In his About section, Tancredi listed his favorite quote as a line from the 2001 Johnny Depp movie, Blow. The quote reads:
Jesus Christ. How irreparably changed my life has become. It’s always the last day of summer and I’ve been left out in the cold with no door to get back in. I’ll grant you I’ve had more than my share of poignant moments.
Life passes most people by while they’re making grand plans for it. Throughout my lifetime, I’ve left pieces of my heart here and there. And now, there’s almost not enough to stay alive. But I force a smile, knowing that my ambition far exceeded my talent. There are no more white horses or pretty ladies at my door.
2. Tancredi’s Final Tweet Paid Tribute to Twitch Streamer Reckful
On his Twitter page, Tancredi said he was a partnered Twitch streamer and a “dank memer.” Tancredi’s final tweet paid tribute to fellow Twitch streamer Byron Bernstein aka Reckful. Bernstein died as a result of suicide on July 2. He was 31 years old.
Tancredi tweeted, “Just heard the news about Reckful… He was an amazing person with a huge heart and will be missed. If you’re feeling down, please reach out for help. If you think nobody cares about you, just know that I do. DM’s always open.”
3. Tancredi Was Last Active on Twitch on July 1
Tancredi last live-streamed on Twitch on July 1, according to his profile. Tancredi was a Grand Theft Auto streamer. In addition to Blue622, Tancredi also went by the moniker Boe Jangles. Tancredi’s final video was titled, “Boe returns to take over the city.”
4. Tancredi Said He Got Hooked on Gaming via His Super Nintendo
Tancredi wrote in his bio section on his Twitch page that he began his gaming life playing the Super Nintendo and became “hooked.” Tancredi said he enjoyed playing first-person shooter and “skill-based games.” He lists his primary games as Grand Theft Auto, Apex and Counter-Strike: Global Games.
In February 2020, Tancredi received a temporary ban by Twitch admins after broadcasting on the site while admitting he was drunk.
5. Tancredi’s Twitch Colleagues & Fans Are Paying Tribute to Him on Social Media
As news of Tancredi’s death spread, his fellow Twitch streamers as well fans took to Twitter to pay their respects. Here are some of the most poignant tributes: