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Violet passes away from leukemia

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Aug 24, 2012 01:33


ImageIn a tragic turn of events, Violet of KT Bolster has lost the battle with leukemia and passed away this morning, at the age of 23.

In the early hours of the morning of August 23, 2012, the star player and former captain of KR KT Rolster, KR Woo 'Violet' Jung Ho succumbed to leukemia and passed away. This comes after a year and a half of battling the crippling form of cancer that he was diagnosed with on January 27, 2011. Despite going through the agonizing chemotherapy, Violet continued to support his career and team, as well as his interaction with his fans. Like always, he fought an uphill battle that although was exhausting, earned the love and respect of the StarCraft community.

Violet began his career in 2007, by signing on with KR KT Rolster . During the next two years, he struggled to maintain an apt form that would allow him to remain in the competitive scene. In 2009, however, he catapulted himself into the limelight with numerous victories, a record-breaking winning streak and a sense of inspiration that was contagious to his competitors and new-found fans. For the next two years, Violet remained the flagship performer of his team. In 2010-2011 season of Proleague, he hit a speed bump in his career with a 5-10 record, but rebounded with a 6-2 finish against KR In Kyu 'Canata' Ko in the Winner's League.

In January of 2011, however, the cutting news was revealed: Violet was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia- a form of cancer in the white blood cells characterized by lymphoblasts. The conditions of this cancer were dire, as the common symptoms include the overproduction of cancerous cells in the bone marrow, which spread to the other organs, effectively incapacitating multiple functions of the body at once. His only option was to commence chemotherapy, as surgical removal is not possible with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Violet spent the last year of his life supporting his team and remaining cheerful, despite his fatal predicament.

Statement from KT Rolster:
"Jung Ho, be well in heaven.

Hello,

Our Jung Ho left our side in the early morning today. To all of our fans, who pooled their blood credits and funds, to those who donated blood lately, thank you for always caring and cheering him on.

Please pray for Jung Ho so that he be bright, happy, and healthy on the other side.

Thank you"


His life and career has come to an end, but to us at SK Gaming, he has left as a true champion. The players and staff send our condolences to his friends and family.

Source: Team Liquid, GosuGamers


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