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On Oct. 11, 2021, professional Caster and Commentator Michael “KiXSTAr” Stockley “passed away unexpectedly” at the age of 24, according to a statement from his family. The statement was posted to Twitter by Stockley’s friend and fellow Siege commentator Parker “Interro” Mackay.
“Michael worked hard to lift up the R6 Siege community and, in turn, so many of you lifted him up as well,” the statement said. “We are grateful for the love and support that we have experienced from so many of you. Keep it going, pay it forward and keep lifting each other up.”
A statement from the family of Michael "KiXSTAr" Stockley (March 9, 1997 – October 11, 2021) pic.twitter.com/wcxeK38wQn
— Parker Mackay (@INTERRO) October 13, 2021
Stockley got his start as a professional Siege player in 2016. He later made the jump to the broadcast side, becoming part of the official Rainbow Six Siege Pro League casting crew. He briefly took his casting talents over to VALORANT when the new FPS released in 2020. At the news of Stockley’s passing, the Rainbow Six Siege community has responded with an outpour of condolences and fond recollections of Stockley.
Rainbow Six Esports offered a statement of condolences to Stockley’s family via Twitter. The North American League playday and broadcast has also been postponed out of respect to Stockley’s family, friends and colleagues.
— Rainbow Six Esports (@R6esports) October 13, 2021
Stockley was the winner of the Esports Colour Caster of the Year in 2020, and he was nominated for the award again for 2021. He was also an active streamer on Twitch, where he had more than 400,000 followers and a close-knit community on the platform.
Instead of flowers, Stockley’s family has asked that the community send a donation to a location food bank in his name.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.