The Dota 2 community is in mourning today. Brazilian player Anderson "444" Santos has passed away due to COVID-19.
444 launched onto the scene in 2017, playing first as a position four player for Brazilian organization T Show. That team disbanded in March 2018, and a year later, 444 returned to compete in the hard support role for paiN Gaming.
In late 2019, 444 was nominated for "best Dota 2 Athlete" in the Prêmio eSports Brasil awards. His paiN Gaming roster qualified for the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major, placing 9-12th; the EPICENTER Major 2019, placing 13-16th; and DreamLeague Season 13 (another Major), placing 13-16th. They also took second place at the DOTA Summit 10, and narrowly missed qualifying for The International 2019 by placing second to Infamous in the region's qualifiers. 444 left paiN Gaming in April 2020, when the organization disbanded their team. They have not fielded a roster since that time.
The loss of 444 is a stark reminder that while the Dota Pro Circuit is underway, with the recent announcement of the Singapore Major,
the global pandemic continues to affect us all. The dangers of the virus are very real, and we hope that Valve and PGL are proceeding with the international LAN event with extreme care and caution.
Our condolences to 444's family, friends, and the South American Dota 2 community.