Rainbow Six Siege North American color commentator Michael “KiXSTaR” Stockley died on Monday, Oct 11, according to an announcement from his family shared by fellow commentator Parker “Interro” Mackay on Twitter today.
Stockley was 24 and a longtime member of the R6 esports community. He played under Team Orbit’s banner in 2016 and transitioned to broadcast talent later that year in October. His first event as a commentator was the R6 Pro League year one season three. Stockley cast the Six Invitational and the Six Mexico Major this year and was a part of the North American League broadcast.
Kixstar Has Passed Away
A statement from the family of Michael “KiXSTAr” Stockley (March 9, 1997 – October 11, 2021) pic.twitter.com/wcxeK38wQnOctober 13, 2021
“After speaking with his family they wanted to share that Michael passed away doing what he loved second most in this world: driving,” Mackay said. “He was by himself & no one else was injured or involved.”
What Happened With Him
KiXSTar started his esports career as a pro player in Rainbow Six Siege with Team Orbit in 2016, before transitioning to color commentary in 2019. He won an Esports Awards color commentator in 2020 and was nominated again in 2021. Voting for the 2021 awards is currently ongoing.
His loss will leave a gaping gap in the FPS community, both in Rainbow Six Siege, where he grew in prominence, as well as in VALORANT, where he has recently worked on.
Kixstar Cause of Death
Stockley’s family released a statement on his death, saying: “On Monday, October 11 Michael ‘KiXSTAr’ Stockley passed away unexpectedly. He had so much planned for the future, and he was looking forward to working with so many of you.
“Michael worked hard to lift up the R6 Siege community, and in turn so many of you lifted him up as well. We are grateful for the love and support we have experienced from so many of you.”
Stockley’s cause of death is currently unknown.
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