In Memoriam: Poker Player Found DeadPublished April 22, 2008 by OCR Editor
Female poker player Brandi Hawbaker, a familiar face on the World Poker Tour, committed suicide.
The Los Angeles County Coroner confirms that female poker player Brandi Hawbaker, also known as Brandi Rose or Naami Dea, committed suicide in Playa Del Rey, California, last week, Sunday, April 13.
Brandon Gerson, Hawbaker's former boyfriend, explains that during the last year and a half, Hawbaker visited several doctors in order to treat her "a very serious mental illness."
Hawbaker made her first appearance in the 2006 World Poker Tournament finishing 35th and winning $20,000. Her career was targeted by many media sources due to her successful run throughout the period, earning as much as $40,000, as well as her eccentric behavior.
Hawbaker's death made quite an impact in the blogging community as many postings have been made as eulogies. Bryan Micon, a known poker player and friend, posted the following comments after hearing the news:
"Brandi's family, and friends have asked the poker world to respect their privacy while they grieve. When the time is right we will have Brandon's statement on NWP. This truly is a tragedy, as the whole poker world loved to watch this eccentric young lady on and off the felt. Brandi will be missed and I hope she has found some peace."
As tragedies come and go in the world, the death of Brandi Hawbaker has affected many poker players leaving a mark in the Poker community.
Brandi was 26.