The poker community was shocked by the tragic death of bracelet winner Ryan Young, who passed away on Monday. The news almost instantly drew scores of condolences from some of the biggest names in the game.
Bracelet winner Ryan Young has passed away on Monday after he was involved in a fatal car accident.
The tragic news were first broken by friend and Team PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu
, who took to his Twitter
to announce Young's death.
"Really sad news: Poker Pro Ryan Young passed away today. Kid was a character, played with him in the main event this year RIP," Negreanu tweeted.
"A real loss for the poker world. Ryan Young was interesting, charismatic, a talker, aggressive, and exciting to watch. I liked him," he added.
Other fellow pros and industry professionals also chimed in with condolences, including celebrated tournament director Matt Savage, who shared the following words, also on Twitter
"So sad to hear about Ryan Young, he was ALWAYS a pleasure to have at my events," Savage wrote.
Soon after, he was followed by Vanessa Selbst, who expressed similar shock from hearing the news.
"I'm also incredibly sad about Ryan Young's passing. He was a treat to play with - such a vibrant, good-natured kid. Too young for that. RIP," Selbst wrote
Young, who was just 23 years old when he passed away, made more than $1.6 million in his career as a pro.
His biggest result came in 2007, when he won his first and only WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 NLHE event for a $615,955 first prize.