A FIFA 21 streamer based in North America has passed away after reportedly being involved in an accident.
Chris Kusunoki, based out of San Diego, California, was a popular Twitch streamer and content creator on YouTube. Competing regularly in the competitive FUT Champions Weekend League game mode, fans could catch his streams regularly on Twitch, where his channel racked up over 3,000 followers.
Unfortunately, though, we now know his most recent broadcast on March 30 was to be his last.
The 25-year-old’s passing was confirmed on April 5, as friends and family took to social media to express their condolences. According to one source, pro player Alekzandur, he died on Friday, April 2.
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— chris k (@ckusunoki5) March 30, 2021
Tributes to streamer Chris Kusunoki
In a TwitLonger message, a friend of his – Mariano – posted a tribute to Kusonoki.
He said: “One of my best friends I’ve made in my short time playing FIFA, a real one and a great guy, Chris stole the hearts of those he knew.
“He always knew how to cheer someone up if they were down and was always down to chill and talk about anything. Making others happy was important to him, and he always wanted to stream. It made him happy to make others happy and the motivation it gave him to grind reflected in his attitude.”
— Mariano (@lweefee) April 5, 2021
This is just one of the many tributes posted online since his passing. Players have also been sharing many of his best moments on FIFA, seen in a Twitch compilation put together by ogdurgy.
Mariano added: “I will never forget you Chris, you will always be alive in my heart and memories, and the impact you left on and on others will forever be something to cherish. I know that you’re looking down on us smiling knowing that the impact you left on the people you met meant everything.”
FIFA 21 pro responds
FIFA Esports athlete Alekzandur, who took part in the eMLS Cup in March, also posted a message on April 5.
In his tweet, he said: “He was such an active member of this community, especially in NA, it really feels he deserves to be remembered by us.
“I pray for his family and close friends who knew him on a personal level through something as difficult as this. I hope it can bring some peace to them knowing that not a single soul in this entire community would’ve had anything but beautiful things to say about him.”
— Alekzandur (@Alekzandur) April 5, 2021
The sad news has brought much of the FIFA community together, with an outpouring of love appearing on Twitter timelines to honor his legacy.
Only heard about @ckusunoki5 today. Lost for words, dude was an incredible guy and helped me out a lot while I was still part of the FIFA community. Rest easy brother.
— Joel (@TaegeukCanuck) April 5, 2021
— Puukuu23 (@puukuu23) April 4, 2021
RIP to @ckusunoki5. My story about him is I reached out to a handful of streamers to get advice on my FUT team and he was the only one who responded. Gave me some great advice about team construction which I still follow. Thanks forever, Chris.
— Michael Herman (@MichaelRHerman) April 5, 2021
He would be so proud of you for everything you have done for his community over the last 30 hours <3
— Langpard (@KingLangpard) April 5, 2021
RIP to the brother @ckusunoki5 , may you be at ease bro. I send my condolences to all his family, friends and his community.
Always find myself stumbling across his stream in the early hours when I couldn’t sleep and he was always welcoming and full of energy
Rest easy bro💙
— JD (@JDenman9) April 4, 2021
On behalf of the Dexerto team, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this difficult time.