Popular streamer and content creator iShowSpeed caused concern among his fans after sharing a health update on his YouTube channel.
Here’s everything you need to know about what happened to the internet star.
Who is iShowSpeed?
Born January 21, 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio, iShowSpeed or Speed, is an American streamer, YouTube content creator, singer, experimental rapper, and online personality.
He launched his YouTube career in 2016 when he started sharing clips of his gameplay.
He eventually transitioned to live streaming games, most notably NBA 2K and Fortnite, but also occasionally shares live streams of games like Five Nights at Freddy’s and Super Meat Boy.
In December 2022, he took home the Breakout Streamer trophy at the 12th Streamy Awards.
iShowSpeed has over 18.8 million subscribers on YouTube at the time of this writing.
What happened to iShowSpeed?
On July 30, 2023, iShowSpeed announced on its YouTube page that he was hospitalized.
“I don’t know what I have right now. But I’m about to have an operation. I literally felt like shit,” he said.
“Just really bad. My eye… my eye is swelling. It feels like a sting. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the eye with a knife.”
He added: “I wanted to give you all something, guys [an] Update because I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. You know what I mean?
“I want you all boys to always be with me until I die. It’s… I don’t know, man. But when I get home, I’ll probably take a little rest from traveling for a while because… it’s busy.
He also shared a YouTube short describing his situation and saying he had “one of the worst experiences”.
“I am currently suffering from the so-called cluster headache. A fatal headache disease. I can’tI can’t eat, I can’t do anything at the moment.”
A few hours later, his cameraman Slipper shared an update on the streamer’s condition, telling fans that Speed was fine again.
“Doctors say most likely severe sinus infection based on what they see on the CT scan,” he wrote on Twitter. “The optometrist says his eye should be fine (no damage like blindness).”
He also confirmed that Speed had a severe sinus infection.
“Update: Speed has contacted a sinus doctor to fully confirm it was simply a sinus infection. After that, he will be in the recovery room receiving an IV before being discharged from the hospital. Thank you everyone for the concerns.”
Slipper assured fans that Speed is on the road to a full recovery.
“By the way, his eye swelling should be going inwardsa couple of days. But now he’s fine, that’s the most important thing.
What is iShowSpeed’s real name?
iShowSpeed’s real name is Darren Watkins Jr.
He reportedly chose the alias iShowSpeed due to his penchant for fast-paced gaming.
He is also nicknamed “Speedy” or “Speed”, a nickname given to him by Zimbabwean-British comedian Munya Chawawa during TheFootball game in September 2022.