Dead. Chad Batista died suddenly on August 20, 2015, one of the original online poker stars, he passed away in Las Vegas, according to various postings on social media. He was 35.
The Florida-native had nearly $1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings to go along with millions more on the Internet.
Batista was one of the strongest players in the early days of online poker and played poker for a living for roughly 15 years.
He was known for having a hyper-aggressive playing style and relying heavily on instinct.
He also would not shy away from speaking his mind, a personality trait many in poker loved and will remember.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother and friend, Chad Batista,” his family said in a statement.
“Chad died suddenly this beautiful Thursday afternoon with his family surrounding him. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”
Online Poker Legend Chad Batista Passes Away on August 20, 2015 at a young age of 35.