Michael “Kickstar” Stockley, a popular Rainbow Six Siege caster, streamer and former professional player, has died at the age of 24, according to a statement from his family.
Stockley’s former casting partner Parker “Intero” McKay shared Statement on Wednesday, adding that Stockley died “unexpectedly” on October 11. In a follow-up tweet posted by McKay, the family said that Stockley died as a result of a car accident.
A statement from the family of Michael “Kickstar” Stockley (March 9, 1997 – October 11, 2021) pic.twitter.com/wcxeK38wQn13 October 2021
“After talking with his family, they wanted to share that Michael’s passing was doing what he loved the second most in this world: driving,” McKay said. “He was alone and no one was injured or involved.”
In 2016, when he was 19 years old, Stockley played Rainbow Six Siege professionally with Team Orbit before transitioning to a broadcast talent position that same year. He won first place in the 2016 North American Pro League Year 1 Seasons 1, 2, and 3. He served as a color commentator during major siege events, including the 2021 Six Invitational and Six Mexico Major, as well as North American League broadcasts of the Siege.
Stockley also showed himself to be under siege, gathering 443,000 followers. Twitch.
Stockley’s family statements, given by his mother and stepfather, expressed appreciation for the kindness and support of his fans, who once worked together to buy his mother a plane ticket to see Stockley. while he was working as a caster in Poland. Stockley’s family also said that he was staying at home with them during the COVID-19 lockdown, sharing meals and reuniting with his family.
The family also expressed appreciation for the support they received after losing their son.
“He had a lot of plans for the future, and he looked forward to working with many of you,” the statement said. “Michael worked hard to raise the R6 Siege community, and in return many of you raised him as well. We are grateful for the love and support that many of you have received. Keep it up, keep it up. Carry on, and keep lifting each other up.”
In addition to sharing family statements, McKue expressed his grief on Twitter.
“I am at a total loss,” Mackey tweeted. “I lost a best friend, a brother and a co-worker. I am beyond heartbroken. I love you Michael and I will miss you dearly.”
official Rainbow Six Esports Organization Stockley responded with a public statement expressing condolences to the family, calling him “one of the shining lights” of the community. The organization also announced that it was postponing Wednesday’s North America League game day and broadcast in honor of Stockley and his family.
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Stockley’s death also inspired several statements from various members of the Rainbow Six community, including the captain of Fnatic’s siege team. Etienne “Mag” Rousseauhandjob TSM FTX, and former Six Invitational Champion George “KingGeorge” Checkout, as well as a member of the Rainbow Six Sieges development team.
“The passing of one of Siege’s brightest minds is unfathomable,” said Siege game designer Emilian Lomet in a Tweet. “Thinking about all those memories and feeling abandoned…the emptiness. Their contribution to our shared passion is huge – the siege would never be the same without @KiXSTArTV. We are all so indebted to them.”