shroud steps back from Twitch following the death of his father

Michael “shroud” Grzesiek is seemingly taking a break from Twitch after the death of his father, Tomasz Grzesiek.

Twitch and Counter-Strike fans received sad news on Twitter, with the former Cloud9 ace and ever-popular Twitch streamer announcing that his father had died of lung cancer. shroud noted that his father was suffering from the disease for months before passing, but had not revealed this on social media. He discussed the impact his father had on his life, including how he had influenced his taste in video games growing up.

The unfortunate announcement was met with an outpouring of support from shroud’s former teammates, ex-rivals, and fellow content creators. Names such as Tarik “tarik” Celik, Seán “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin, and Ludwig “Ludwig” Ahgren all sent their condolences on Twitter. Retired CSGO pro and shroud’s former roommate Justin “Just9n” Ortiz reflected on his own experiences with “papashroud.”

shroud’s father didn’t have a large internet presence, but it’s known that he was raised in Poland and later moved to Canada. He lived in Toronto, where he worked as a truck driver until at least 2022.

Grzesiek had an Instagram account where he occasionally posted photos. He also popped up in Cloud9-related content alongside his son and his son’s teammates from 2014 to 2017. His last posts came in March 2023, when he visited shroud in California.

Why hasn’t shroud been streaming on Twitch?

shroud took a break from Twitch after the death of his father. It is unknown when he will return, as he needs time to grieve and possibly has other business to attend to.

Though he didn’t make any manner of announcement about a hiatus, shroud last streamed on August 9 playing BattleBit Remastered. Over recent years, shroud is known to have extended stretches of activity on Twitch followed by relatively long breaks. While many prominent streamers spend hours on-air every day, shroud has maintained a degree of balance in his life.

While fans of the streamer will undoubtedly be missing him, nobody should expect him to return before he’s completely ready to.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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