Former Smash pro and content creator Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios attempted to take his own life this past 23rd March, according to a social media post by his girlfriend, Vanessa.
Shared on 25th March, Vanessa informed the Smash community that on "3/23, Gonzalo attempted suicide," leading to Barrios ending up in the hospital for "further care."
"Humans are more than their mistakes, especially when they’ve put out more good into this world. I’ll always love u even if we’re not together & I’ll pray that u see the light," Vanessa added.
ZeRo, who was the best player in the world during the Smash for Wii U era, transitioned into content creation following his retirement from full-time competition prior to the release of Smash Ultimate, quickly establishing himself as one of the most popular streamers in the scene.
After admitting to sending sexual content to a minor via Skype messages, ZeRo would be permanently banned from Twitch and his sponsor, Tempo Storm, dropped him while providing counseling and professional support during his rehabilitation process.
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.