R6S pro player Next1 passes away due to COVID-19 related complications

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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Image: Chaos EC

Former Chaos EC Rainbow Six Siege player Arif “Next1” Keskin has died due to COVID-19.

The Siege community is completely heartbroken by this tragic news. The 24-year-old German player was hospitalized since mid-April in a tough battle against COVID-19. In his last tweet, Next1 thanked his fans for their love and support, as he continued to face serious symptoms of the virus.

Arif “Next1” Keskin most recently played for Chaos Esports Club, where they competed in EUL 2020 season. However, with the team getting relegated at the end of the season, Next1 was released from the roster in January.

Chaos EC were deeply saddened by this news and shared their condolences for Next1’s family.

Next1’s passing is a blow to the entire Rainbow Six Siege competitive community. The news broke away just minutes before the Six Invitational Grand Finals- the most prominent Siege tournament.

Multiple figures in the Siege community are now paying tribute to Next1’s memory and mourning his death. “There was so much we wanted to get done, so much we had planned. And now you’re gone. I am lost for words,” former G2 Esports analyst “Sua” said.

Some Siege fans are also asking the devs to make a special in-game charm or skin as a tribute to Next1. But, we’ll have to wait for Ubisoft’s decision on this matter.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.