Brazilian Dota 2 pro player Anderson “444” Santos, also known as ‘Bob’, has died due to COVID-19, his former team paIN Gaming shared on Saturday (6 February).
“Today we lost Bob to COVID-19. We will be forever grateful that you helped us build another chapter of our history on Dota. You are an incredible person and the longing that remains is immeasurable,” said paIN Gaming in a post on their official Twitter account.
“We can't believe they took you away from us so early. Lucky are those who had the chance to live with you and have the honour of watching you play. Our hearts and thoughts are with your family. Rest in peace, 444.”
444 started his professional career in 2017 as the position 4 support player for Brazilian team T Show. He joined paIN Gaming’s most recent Dota 2 squad in March 2019 and remained with the roster until its disbandment in April last year.
As a member of paIN Gaming, 444 was able to win the Brazil Finals of the 2019 World Electronic Sports Games and qualify for DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major.
444’s last professional appearance was with the Brazilian stack ‘One Million’ during the open qualifiers of the Dota Pro Circuit’s (DPC) South American regional league in early January.
Many among the Dota 2 community in South America and the rest of the world expressed their grief over the passing of 444, including some of his former teammates.
Quincy Crew support player and 444’s former teammate in paIN Gaming, Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos, said he was “an extremely humble and charismatic person.”
Hoje infelizmente acordei com uma notícia muito triste. Covid-19 levou mais uma alma e dessa vez foi do nosso querido jogador 444. Uma pessoa extremamente humilde e carismática. Descanse em paz bob. pic.twitter.com/8TWAjVsPh5
— Rodrigo Lelis (@lelisdota) February 6, 2021
“Today unfortunately I woke up to very sad news. COVID-19 took another soul and this time it was from our beloved player 444. He was an extremely humble and charismatic person. Rest in peace, Bob,” said Lelis in a post on his personal Twitter account.
Kaue "Dunha1" Camuci, another of 444’s former teammates in paIN Gaming, also took to Twitter to express his grief over 444’s passing.
Eu não consigo colocar em palavras a falta que tu vai me fazer meu irmão!
Tu foi um anjo na minha vida e eu vou te agradecer todos os dias da minha existencia, ficou um buraco no meu peito que eu não consigo transmitir por palavras.
Eu vou te amar pra sempre bobinhos! pic.twitter.com/HzOJNqdx1c
— Kauê Gabriel Camuci (@dotadunha) February 6, 2021
“I cannot put into words the loss that you will make me feel my brother! You were an angel in my life and I will thank you every day of my existence, there is a hole in my chest that I cannot convey into words. I will love you forever Bob!” said Dunha1.
Teams and organisations outside of Brazil have also expressed their grief over 444’s passing, including Team Secret and OGA Dota PIT, the organisers of the DPC’s South American regional league.
We would like to extend our condolences to family and friends of Anderson "444" Santos, who passed away recently.
We — the Dota 2 community — love to make fun of each other. But we remain a big family no matter what. And today we lost a brother.
Descanse em paz 🖤 pic.twitter.com/XIqiwCYvQW
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) February 6, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Santos family for their loss. May God bless your soul. You will always be remembered 444! https://t.co/ARF26FEON8
— OGA Dota PIT (@OGADotaPIT) February 6, 2021
Brazil has had more than 9 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic started, with over 230,000 deaths. In January, three members of Brazilian team DreamMax tested positive for COVID-19 when the team flew to Singapore for the Mobile Legends M2 World Championship.