MPL mourns two sudden, unrelated deaths of Nexplay Evos manager Charles Dave “Chad” Dela Pena and RSG Ignite coach and former player Ivan Emmanuel “Coach Navi” Gacho.
In a post on Facebook, the official Facebook page of the MLBB Pro League Philippines asked its community to mourn together the loss of two MLBB personalities.
Charles Dave “Chad” Dela Pena, born in 1995, was formerly the boot camp manager of team Nexplay EVOS, died on Sunday, April 23, 2023. He was 27. He was seen as a veteran and an older brother figure by those who have worked with him during his time with the esports organization.
Ivan Emmanuel “Coach Navi” Gacho, born in 1998, served as RSG Ignite’s coach, but also played during the early days of MPL Philippines, being one of its first players in the league. He was 24. RSG Ignite is the academy team of team RSG Slate PH, and most recently competed in the inaugural MDL Philippines competition, a tier-two tournament meant to serve as a training ground for developing players and teams as part of the MPL ecosystem. The team finished 5th-6th place.
The entire MPL community are together united as they mourn their losses. Earlier this year in February, MLBB caster, talent personality, and ULVL production manager Rob Luna also passed away. He was 37. We share our condolences to the MPL PH community for the losses they’ve endured this year.
Both Chad and Coach Navi will be sorely missed by friends and families, and it’s very unfortunate to lose them while they’re still in their early years.
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