UPDATE: David Dreger aka Knuckles Dawson, formerly of Rooster Teeth, found dead

David Dreger found dead.

UPDATE: The Vancouver Police Department has provided GamerNode with the following statement:

Although tragic, the disappearance and subsequent location of David Dreger is not being treated as a suspicious death and we will therefore not be commenting on the case.”

ORIGINAL STORY: It is with great sadness for GamerNode to report that the body of David Dreger — a former Rooster Teeth contributor who had gone missing nearly a month ago — was found yesterday, June 20, at Ambleside Park in Vancouver, BC.

The somber news comes from Dreger’s sister, Danielle, who informed members of the Find David Dreger Facebook group of her brother’s fate:

We are thankful that the prayers for discovery made by everyone during this time have been answered. It is with deep sadness that we must let you all know that David’s body was discovered on June 20 near Ambleside Park. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers, support and compassion. David was an exceptional, bright, caring and loving young man. We consider ourselves blessed to have had him in our lives, and are comforted knowing that he is now embraced in the arms of our Lord.
Love, Daryl, LeeAnn and Danielle.”

Dreger, 28, was last seen on Sunday, May 26 in Vancouver, his hometown. The next day, his bike and helmet were found at Stanley Park and it was discovered that he had shut down both his Twitter and Xbox Live accounts. Dreger had changed his website to nothing but a strange nine-second clip from the film “Dumb and Dumber” and it was reported that he had left his wallet, phone, and computer at home.

Searches for Dreger, organized by family and friends in addition to the Vancouver Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit, had been going on for weeks. The sweep had extended to the sea, as Stanley Park is surrounded by the Burrard Inlet, a part of the Strait of Georgia.

During his time at Rooster Teeth, Dreger was a host of the popular video series Achievement Hunter. He eventually left the company last year and when asked why from a fan on Xbox Live, his response was that the position left him in a “conflict of interest” with his job at Apple and he “had to separate.”

GamerNode has contacted the Vancouver Police Department for a statement regarding information on the discovery of Dreger’s body, when an autopsy will take place, and cause of death. If we hear back, we’ll be sure to update this story.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Dreger’s family, friends, and fans.



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Author: Mike Murphy View all posts by
Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

6 Comments on "UPDATE: David Dreger aka Knuckles Dawson, formerly of Rooster Teeth, found dead"

  1. RIP Knuckles June 22, 2013 at 12:32 am -

    god damn it ;.(

    R.I.P Knuckles

  2. Marie June 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm -

    Why would you contact the police? If the Dreger family wanted details to be known they would post them on the FB page. Show some decency and respect.

    • GbHaseo June 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

      It’s called reporting, and usually when anyone of dies, police investigate and make reports available to the public. It’s actually normal process for people to inquire to the PD when investigations are involved in a death. It’s public tax money paying for it after all, so therefore the public has a right to have access to that information as long as it doesn’t interfere with said investigation. They report these details, b/c death details are public information, and it keeps the family from getting bugged as well. It’s how the world operates, and when you die, the police will offer reports to anyone who calls them as well if it’s investigated.

      • Marie June 24, 2013 at 9:43 am -

        I wasn’t referring to journalistic integrity or the “rights” of the public. I just know how much his family is hurting right now and how desperately they need closure and space to grieve in private. It would be nice to see the gaming community and/or gaming blogs, forums or news outlets band together and not draw this out longer or speculate more than necessary. Remembering David for who he was, and not how his life needed.

  3. Yogorilla June 30, 2013 at 11:51 am -

    RIP Knuckles :(
    I say it was suicide. Shutting down Twitter and Xbox live account, leaving a message from dumb and dumber saying “goodbye”, leaving wallet and phone at home, i say that all adds up to suicide.
    Although he left Rooster Teeth last year stating “conflict of interest” and his job at Apple, he was a gamer. Closing Xbox live account is pretty much giving up on games and games is the best sort of entertainment there is, no matter what age. Maybe he gave them up for a girl, maybe for apple as Xbox is microsoft, all his scores and achievements he worked for…gone, whatever it was, seems to be clear he was depressed in his position.

  4. Nicolás González July 11, 2014 at 4:20 am -

    this never got updated

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