David Dreger’s passion for gaming turned him into a beloved member of the Xbox 360 community. Known also by his Gamertag “Knuckles Dawson,” Dreger wrote for sites including Joystiq’s Xbox 360 Fanboy offshoot and Rooster Teeth. At the latter, he gained notoriety through his Achievement Hunter video series. He set a personal goal of unlocking at least one achievement every day. Dreger was last seen May 26. His family found both his wallet and cell phone at home. More alarming was that the socially active Dreger had shut down his Facebook and Twitter accounts. His family and friends’ worst fears came true when his body was found in West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park June 20.
His sister, Danielle, released a statement:
“We are thankful that the prayers for discovery made by everyone during this time have been answered,” wrote his sister, Danielle Dreger. “It is with deep sadness that we must let you all know that David’s body was discovered on June 20 near Ambleside Park. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers, support and compassion. David was an exceptional, bright, caring and loving young man. We consider ourselves blessed to have had him in our lives, and are comforted knowing that he is now embraced in the arms of our Lord.”
The family is still piecing together the details about what happened. What we do know today is that “Knuckles Dawson” touched thousands of gamers with his passion for the hobby we all share. They have taken to social media to swap stories, share memories and offer condolences to Dreger’s family and close friends.
“I met him in person last year and he was just the nicest guy,” said a user on the Rooster Teeth forums. “I think I’m just gonna go play some Halo with my RT friends and think about how lucky we are to have each other.”
Xbox Live Community Manager Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb was so impressed with Dreger’s dedication he invited him to appear on a podcast.
“I always enjoyed seeing David at industry events, and I along with my colleagues send thoughts and prayers to his family,” Hryb said in a statement.
I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but knew his work through videos and articles. The next achievement I unlock is in your memory, Knuckles.
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