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Smash pro ZeRo thanks concerned fans for their support after suicide attempt

An attempt to take his own life in March was followed by a period of silence but Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios has now thanked fans for their "beautiful messages".
Smash pro ZeRo thanks concerned fans for their support after suicide attempt

Former Smash pro ZeRo has made a public statement since a suicide attempt in March, thanking fans for their "beautiful messages" via a post on his Instagram.

ZeRo was reportedly hospitalised after the attempt and this is believed to be the first time he has communicated with fans.

He wrote: "Thank you, everyone, for the beautiful messages and birthday wishes."

Continuing: "Life has been insane. I’m posting something this week to update you guys. I’m sorry for concerning everyone. I feel really guilty and bad about it. Take care, everyone."

ZeRo was one of the most celebrated Super Smash Bros. players of all time, a serial winner and record-breaker with prize winnings of over US$100,000. He later became one of the game's biggest content creators with a thriving community on Twitch.

Smash ZeRo Suicide attempt
ZeRo was a huge figure in the FGC. (Picture: ZeRo)

However, after admitting to sexting minors in June of last year during a time when countless figures in Smash and the wider gaming community were being accused of sexual misconduct, he lost many of the trappings of his success; dropped from his esport organisation, Tempo Storm, and banned from Twitch.

ZeRo's plans for the future remain unknown but news of his improved health can only be a good thing. ZeRo has promised to update fans later this week with more information.


If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] in the UK and Ireland. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at befrienders.org.