Nat the original Fighting Warrior dies
It is with profound and deep-felt sadness that I bring you the devastating news that our team founder and original Captain Nat has died. Nat was only in his late 40’s.
The man who created The Fighting Warriors team under the player name achilles13 has been fighting major health issues for many years.
They began just under a decade ago when he was involved in a major car crash that almost cost him his life. He never fully recovered and has been dogged by issues ever since.
He was rushed back into hospital in January 2014 as a result of major issues of blood clotting and blocked arteries. He lost a leg at that time.
Nat – full name Natalino Duarte – fought back with immense courage following the amputation and he learned to walk with the aid of a prosthetic limb. However, it seems his health never fully recovered and he continued to need treatment over recent years.
I understand that he was resubmitted to hospital again earlier this year for further skin grafts linked to the accident. I believe that this in turn led to infections and complications that eventually culminated in his death over the weekend of May 6/7.
Nat was born in Quebec and lived in Montreal where a memorial service has been arranged for this coming Saturday May 20. The service will take place at 10am at Santa Cruz Mission Church, 60 Rachel West, Montreal H2X 1G3.
I know there are one or two team members living in proximity to Montreal and they may wish to attend.
Nat founded the team in 2005 and was responsible for recruiting the core of the current playing crop as he led the Warriors to become one of the top teams on Gameknot.
He was fascinated by the story of the Spartan army and the heroics of the 300. It is from this that was his inspiration the team name of The Fighting Warriors.
His leadership was relentless and inspiring but after three years his Captaincy became disrupted by a series of unfortunate incidents that befell him.
He had some domestic issues involving his son that caused him great anguish and then came the devastation of his car crash. He relinquished his leadership of the team at that point.
He came back briefly for a period to lead the team but then he vanished again when it appears continued serious health issues overtook him.
He has been largely quiet ever since, although we know he used to come online on Gameknot occasionally to quietly check us out.
Nat was a deeply religious man and I know his faith was a huge help to him during his difficult and dark times. He maintained a hugely positive outlook on life despite his many and profound troubles.
I was one of thos he recruited in those he recruited in those early days of 2005 and I had huge admiration for the truly inspirational leadership he brought to the mixed bag of players he gathered together from across the globe.
He became a friend and I know that all those who joined at his behest will feel his passing deeply.
The original Fighting Warrior that was achilles13 will be sorely missed. God bless you and keep you brother.
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Our Captain Andy
Andy has been Captain of The Fighting Warriors team since August 2009.
Andy joined the Warriors in October 2005 and has played throughout this time under the Gameknot username wanderingwolf. He was a co-Captain before stepping up to the Captaincy following team election.
Andy lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in the UK.
Earl is a former Captain of the Fighting Warriors and has rarely not formed part of the captaincy team.
He joined the team in August 2006 and plays under the username earlkarjohn. He lives in Hook, Hampshire in the UK.