Ever made a random friend in online multiplayer and wondered what happened to them in real life?
When a new Xbox feature was introduced that lets you search for Gamertag account names, Twitch streamer Lee Fabela decided to track down an old pal he had spent years playing Halo 2 multiplayer with.
"I was looking for him for years, Xbox finally added a search bar that gives you gamertag suggestions," Fabela explained in a Facebook post.
"I looked him up, and sent him a message thinking I would get a reply back, and maybe play Halo again like the good old days."
After messaging him, Fabela received no response for months.
That was until he received a response from the man's nephew, who said that his uncle Shaun had tragically died from leukaemia a year prior and passed on his Xbox account to him.
In a Facebook post, Fabela paid tribute to his former Internet friend, calling him "the coolest person ever."
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He wrote: "It's always sad to find out an old Xbox friend has died. I was like 11 years old when I started playing with him, he was in his 40s."
"While everyone ignored me because I was a squeaker, he would play with me, and when someone older would talk shit to me, he would jump in"
"He was the coolest person ever."
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Fabela added: "When we ran together, we never lost a game. I consider this man the best online friend I have ever had, a true Halo 2 legend."
"It sucks I didn't get to talk to him one last time. I think he would want me to play with his nephew now. F*** Leukaemia." It is not clear if he continued to play newer Halo games with the friend's nephew.
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Now twenty years old, Halo has been one of the most popular and influential videogames in the history of the Xbox.
The latest instalment in the series, Halo: Infinite, just launched its multiplayer mode for free in celebration of the console's anniversary.
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