The unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the world of esports, not only by shutting down LAN tournaments but also by claiming the lives of renowned esports athletes.
After a long fight with the Coronavirus, Dota 2 pro Anderson “444” Santos passed away in an intensive care unit in Manaus, Brazil on February 6th.
The 25-year-old former paiN Gaming star represented the Brazilian org at several Dota 2 events recently, including the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, the EPICENTER Major, or the DOTA Summit 10 where he helped his team land a runners up finish.
PaiN Gaming dropped its roster on April 9, 2020.
The news of Santos’ passing away was shared to Twitter by the former org.
“Today we lost Bob to COVID-19,” paiN Gaming said in a Tweet. “We’re eternally grateful for your help in building another chapter of our story on Dota. You’re an incredible person and we’ll miss you immeasurably. We can’t believe you were ripped from us so prematurely. Lucky are those who had a chance to know you and who had the honor of seeing you play. Our hearts and thoughts are with your family. Rest in peace, 444.”
According to a report from Globo, Santos tested positive for COVID-19 last month alongside three other members of his family. On Saturday, February 6th, he was having difficulties breathing and was rushed to the ICU, where he died.
The Dota 2 community including his fans, teammates, and even other esports orgs have mourned the death of the beloved pro.