Rainbow Six Siege launcher Michael ‘KiXSTAR’ Stockley has died aged 24.
Stockley was a caster, streamer, and former professional gamer.
A statement from his former casting partner Parker “Interro” Mackay on October 11 announced that he had “passed away unexpectedly.” A follow-up tweet confirmed that Stockley died in a car accident.
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
“After speaking with his family, they wanted to share that Michael passed away doing what he loved most in the world: driving,” Mackay’s tweet read. “He was alone and no one else was hurt or involved. While it’s understandable to be curious, please respect the family’s privacy.”
Stockley’s mother was grateful to the community in the released statement, noting when they bought her a plane ticket to visit. “The show of support was so overwhelming for him that he stopped his broadcast and cried. To all of you who lent a helping hand to a young man in need, we are grateful,” she said.
She also joined Stockley frequently live. “As an audience, many of you let me know I was welcome there, and I appreciate that.”
Stockley played Siege professionally as part of Team Orbit in 2016 at the age of 19. He then moved to a broadcast talent position the same year. He later won first place in North American Pro League Seasons 1, 2, and 3 in 2016.
Stockley has served as a commentator for major siege events, as recent as the Six Invitational and the 2021 Six Mexico Major, in addition to the game’s North American League broadcasts.
He also ran a successful Twitch channel with 447,000 subscribers.
“Michael has worked hard to raise the R6 Siege community, and in turn, many of you have raised him as well,” reads the family statement. “We are grateful for the love and support we have received from so many of you. Keep going, pay it forward and keep lifting each other up.”
The official Rainbow Six Siege esports account has shared a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Stockley during this difficult time,” it read. “Michael was one of the shining lights in our Siege community and he will be missed.”
The broadcasts scheduled for October 13 have been postponed out of respect.
Twitch also followed up saying, “Our deepest respects and condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of KiXSTAR. He was a massive presence for the Siege community who will always be remembered.”
Our deepest respects and condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of KiXSTAR.
He was a massive presence for the Siege community who will always be remembered.
—Twitch (@Twitch) October 13, 2021