Professional Call of Duty player Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez, who played for Florida Mutineers in the CDL, has died following multiple heart attacks, his team has confirmed. He was 21.
Mutineers announced the news of his sudden death, which has shocked the Call of Duty community, on Twitter on November 11. “The Mutineers family sadly confirms today the sudden passing of Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez from multiple heart attacks,” the message read. “At his family’s request we report that his tragic death was not ruled a suicide.
“This is an unfathomable loss for his family, friends and our Florida Mutineers team. He will be greatly missed every day.”
His family also sought to clarify the cause of Fero’s death, as they thanked the Call of Duty community for their support.
“This is Maurice’s, aka Fero, family,” the tweet read. “We are saddened to announce his passing. We would like to state that he did not take his own life and he was not battling depression. We appreciate everyone’s love and support. We would also appreciate privacy at this time.”
This is Maurice's, aka F3ro, family. We are saddened to announce his passing. We would like to state that he did not take his own life and he was not battling depression. We appreciate everyone's love and support. We would also appreciate privacy at this time.
— jay (@f3rocitys) November 11, 2020
Following the announcement, streamer NICKMERCS paid tribute. “Call of Duty scene lost a legend,” he tweeted.
Fero began his Call of Duty career with Denial Esports in late 2014, but really took off during the 2017-18 WWII season when a stellar finish to the campaign with Team Kaliber resulted in him being recruited by 100 Thieves for their new Black Ops 4 team.
His biggest win came at Stage 2 playoffs in 2018, where he and Team Kaliber took first place and the $200,000 prize.
His short spell with 100T was followed by a similarly brief stint with Team Envy and after the season ended, he ultimately failed to land a spot on a Call of Duty League franchise for Modern Warfare, dropping down to the Challengers amateur circuit.
However, he became a key midseason acquisition for Florida Mutineers. Since the roster change, Fero and the Mutineers went on to win three CDL Home Series tournaments – Dallas, Minnesota, and Paris – tying the league lead with the eventual champions, Dallas Empire.
An aggressive SMG player who was willing to take risks with unusual weapon combos, Fero brought energy and flair to the teams he played for. He was regarded as a top tier player throughout his career, and even when he dropped down a level to Challengers, his dedication to perfecting his craft and ability to bounce back from adversity, meant that he returned to the highest level where he belonged.
Tributes paid to Fero
Following the shocking news, tributes poured in from the CoD community, as pro players, personalities and fans posted messages on social media.
“I’m heartbroken, truly at a loss for words,” 100 Thieves CEO, Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, tweeted. “Thank you for everything. Rest in peace, brother.”
“Call of Duty scene lost a legend,” Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff wrote. “Wasn’t super close to Fero but we played a few tournaments together, never lost. Played a million tournaments against each other and I never f**kin’ won. Rest easy little bro. Take care of each other, life is precious.”
Toronto Ultra star Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni posted, “My heart is shattered. When we spoke, it was nothing but jokes and laughter. I’m grateful to have teamed with and experienced such a lively passionate person. Rest in peace brother.”
The Call of Duty League paid tribute to Fero: “His absence will be felt throughout the league and the entire Call of Duty esports community.”