Rainbow Six, Valorant caster KiXSTAr has died at age 24

By Nicholas James

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Oct 13, 2021

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The family of Rainbow Six Siege ex-pro player, caster, analyst, and personality Michael “KiXSTAr” Stockley has released a statement that the esports personality has passed. He was 24 years old

KiXSTAr made his name for engaging, insightful commentary in both Rainbow 6: Siege and Valorant. KiXSTAr passed away on October 11, 2021.

KiXSTAr’s close friend and colleague Parker “INTERRO” Mackay took to Twitter to release a statement on behalf of the Stockley family. He made his name in the Siege community not only for easily communicating high-level insights but also for being a talent at the game in his own right. KiXSTAr competed as a member of Team Orbit when Rainbow Six Siege’s Pro League first debuted.

No cause of death has been revealed, and he did not have any known serious health struggles.

R6 fans, teams mourn KiXSTAr’s passing

In the statement, the Stockley family thanked his fans for their support throughout his career. From funding a plane ticket for his mother to visit in his early days to streamed conversations, the family highlighted the positive moments that were brought about through KiXSTAr’s life in the esports scene.

KiXSTAr was a steady presence in top Rainbow Six esports events. He worked many of the top Siege tournaments including the finals for seasons eight, nine, and 10. He worked as a broadcast talent as recently as August, doing commentary for the Six Mexico Major. In Valorant, he did commentary for VCT North America events.

News of KiXSTAr’s death led to an enormous outpouring of sadness from across both the Rainbow Six and Valorant fandom. Esports personalities from all corners of the scene have expressed their shock and grief at his passing.

Organizations from around the world, pro players, streamers, and fans all came forward to memorialize the caster’s work and impact on their lives. It’s very clear that KiXSTAr had a significant impact on the game.