Yesterday, the World Series of Poker did something they never have before by awarding a player an honourary bracelet. That player was the hugely popular and respected poker professional Chad Brown who has recently been moved into hospice care after his year long fight with cancer took a turn for the worse.
News of Chad Browns’ deteriorating condition has seen many players and fans share their sadness through Twitter. Initially however, it was misreported by Doyle Brunson that Brown and actually passed away before people realised he was still fighting.
Just heard Chad Brown passed. Such a nice guy ! #rip
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 28, 2014
I was misinformed about Chad Brown passing. I’m so sorry but everyone in the poker room was talking.
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 29, 2014
Now hearing that @DowntownChad Brown is still alive and fighting for his life! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Chad
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 29, 2014
Confirmed @Downtownchad Is alive and currently taking a nap I am here at his bedside here in the bronx with a few friends and family’s
— Victor Ramdin (@victorramdin) June 28, 2014
— Vanessa Rousso (@VanessaRousso) June 28, 2014
— Brian Hastings (@brianchastings) June 28, 2014
Despite reports on twitter, @Downtownchad is still with us! Great news.
— David Williams (@dwpoker) June 28, 2014
@Downtownchad was my first friend in poker when I was 17/18 we played lots of poker. Wish u the best. Miss u and love u brother.
— Robert Mizrachi (@PokerRob24) June 26, 2014
@Downtownchad watched the documentary your friend made. You’re an incredible inspiration Chad. I feel grateful to know you.
— Sorel Mizzi (@sorelmizzi) June 26, 2014
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 26, 2014
I’m just thinking of my dear friend Chad Brown, actor, athlete, and great poker player. He’s at Sloan Kettering and in my prayers.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 25, 2014
@Downtownchad all my love and respect to you Chad. You are an inspiration.
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) June 23, 2014
If anyone was the rightful owner of an honouree bracelet, it would certainly be Chad Brown who has come close to winning one in the past with a second and third place finishes but just not being able to go that one step better.
The WSOP hosted the ceremony yesterday and there is not one person in the poker industry that would begrudge such a wonderful gesture.
The ceremony was well received by the many that attended.