A Streamer, a Lambo, and a Weird Rumor: The Story of Dr Disrespect

Dr Disrespect, a top streamer, has been at the center of some strange controversies, including one involving a Lamborghini.
Written by Alex Reale
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
Luxury cars aren’t getting any cheaper, but those of us who were not blessed with an NBA contract or
pipes can rest assured: there are new entry points for accumulating fabulous, buy-a-Rolls wealth. Content creation of any stripe can yield wild gains, wild cars, and the occasional wild gossip. 
One famous streamer and his car were recently the centerpiece of some odd internet chatter.
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, looks at how the rumors of streamer Dr Disrespect’s death (via
) have been greatly exaggerated.

Dr Disrespect: The streamer

For some gamers, streaming their game play live on platforms like Twitch or YouTube can generate a livelihood and then some. For former DII basketball player Herschel Beahm IV, donning a mullet wig, sunglasses, and a combination of red and black clothes is the golden ticket. 
Transformed thus into feared gamer Dr Disrespect, his alter ego sets to work shooting up other characters and achieving goals in games like Call of Duty, racking up millions in sponsorships and followers in the process. 
Twitch became the site of Dr Disrespect’s triumphant rise to the top of the gaming world. His livestreams regularly captivated tens of thousands of fans, reports
The Verge
, and Beahm converted this following into TV deals and lucrative sponsorships. 
Despite some personal hiccups, including an incident where he illegally livestreamed from inside the men’s bathroom at the E3 expo in Los Angeles, a bout of infidelity to his wife, and eventually getting kicked off of Twitch for murky reasons, Dr Disrespect remained at the top of his game—now exclusively on YouTube.

The lambo(s)

“Violence, speed, momentum” is Dr Disrespect’s catchphrase, and it captures something essential about his character’s persona: stop at nothing to win. Beahm’s alter ego is arrogant and cocky. For Dr Disrespect, showing up in an all-black Lamborghini Aventador to a gaming expo and emerging in costume is all part of the mystique.
And for days that he doesn’t want to go for the Batman vibe, Dr Disrespect could take a spin in his red Lamborghini Diablo VT. A late ‘90s offering from the Italian company, it nearly qualifies as vintage at this point. This Lambo was a showstopper, but it was to suffer a sad fate. 
In 2020, Dr Disrespect tweeted about crashing the Diablo into a BMW dealership, totaling it, and then purchasing an Alpina B7 as a sort of consolation prize.
reports that this tweet raised a few red flags—perhaps it’s a little too on the nose to total one’s luxury car at a place where other luxury cars are sold. Was Dr Disrespect trolling us all?

The weird rumor

Two incidents don’t necessarily make a pattern, but it must be said: this wasn’t Dr Disrespect’s first rodeo. A year earlier, a suspicious video emerged. Dr Disrespect, resplendent in his gaming outfit, was driving his Diablo and making his signature sarcastic remarks for the camera, when suddenly he’s stopped short by another car, and we hear a crash. The title of the video is “Dr. Disrespect Dies in a Car Crash.”
Sharp-eyed readers will notice the errant period in this version of “Dr,” perhaps the first red flag. Others with digital graphic design experience will quickly see that the crash itself is clearly CGI. So the frantic tweets that flooded the internet after the video was released were premature: Dr Disrespect was alive and well, and so was his Diablo. 
But a year later, an Alpina B7 would usurp this Lambo’s throne. We still don’t know if it died of natural causes, or if something more nefarious was afoot. All we know for sure—there was certainly violence, speed, and momentum.
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