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South Korean T1’s COO John Kim Passed Away

South Korea-based esports organization T1 announced that its Chief Operating Officer (COO) John Kim passed away due to undisclosed “health problems”.

In a post released on the League of Legends team’s official Twitter account, T1 announced that Kim was hospitalized on July 7 due to health problems and died on Friday, July 16.

Kim was appointed COO in November 2019 and oversaw the organization’s day-to-day operations until his condition worsened. He also helped T1 expand beyond its home country of South Korea and become the global esports brand it is today.

T1 made its mark in esports history as the team that won the League of Legends world championship tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2016. T1 also competes in Dota 2, VALORANT, PUBG, Apex Legends, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros and Hearthstone.


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