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Former paiN Gaming Player “444” Passes Away Due to COVID-19 Complications

Image courtesy of Anderson “444” Santos

The Brazilian Dota community has been rattled by the loss of Anderson “444” Santos. 444, aka Bob, was a gem of a person and a terrific support player who had last notably played for the Brazilian organization, paiN Gaming. The news of his passing was confirmed on Twitter by his sister.

Santos had tested positive for COVID-19 in January 2021 alongside some of his family members. As the pandemic ravaged Brazil, the family had struggled to find beds in the northwestern Brazilian city of Manaus. The situation reached a point where the Brazilian Dota community raised money for his treatment and medication due to the call of his sister. The joint effort had raised around R$ 6000 within a single day.

According to a series of tweets from his sister, 444’s recovery had been punctuated with difficulties due to lack of beds, medicine, and facilities in both Manaus and Amazonas. His sister had tweeted numerous pleas asking for help finding ICUs and medication for his brother, which she had barely found in time in many circumstances.

On January 31, 2021, his sister tweeted that one of 444’s lungs had been almost entirely crippled by pneumonia. His situation had worsened even after continued lung physiotherapy to expand his capacity and oxygen saturation.

With his condition worsening, 444 was admitted to an ICU on Friday night. On Saturday morning, he had passed away.

444 had joined paiN Gaming on March 30, 2019 as their position 5 support player and had represented the team across a series of tournaments in 2019 and 2020 before the team disbanded its Dota 2 roster on April 9, 2020. He helped the team push through Dota Summit 10 and 11, with solid performances across MDL Paris Major, WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War, EPICENTER.

444 had recently been playing alongside William “hFn” Medeiros, Leonardo “Mandy” Viana, Lucas “Hyko” Morais, and Otávio “Tavo” Gabriel in a team named One Million, when the news of his passing hit.

Between all the good and bad moments that we as a Dota community get divided over, 444’s passing is a loss we collectively mourn.

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