Technoblade: Minecraft YouTuber dies from cancer aged 23
A moving farewell video posted by Technoblade’s family has confirmed the death of the Minecraft YouTuber. He was 23 years old.
His father called him “the most amazing kid anyone could ever ask for” in a video entitled “So long nerds” posted to his 10 million followers.
During the sandbox video game’s release, the US internet personality gained fame for live streaming and posting clips of his gameplay.
Technoblade made a cancer announcement to fans last year.
His father read the farewell message he wrote hours before his death: “Hello everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching. I’m dead.”.
He went on to reveal that his real name was Alex, reminiscing about the time he had been mistaken for Dave by viewers.
“Thank you all for supporting my content over the years,” he continued. “If I had another hundred lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every single time as those were the happiest years of my life.”
He previously told fans that he had undergone chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a limb salvage operation after developing a painful tumour in his right arm, according to a fundraising video posted in February.
Cancer of the bones and soft tissues called sarcoma caused his death.
In August 2021, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer and had initially believed the symptoms were associated with repetitive stress injuries. He was taken to the hospital after his arm swelled, and was subsequently diagnosed with cancer.
It is unknown exactly who Technoblade is, as he kept his identity secret until the very end. However, his online avatar was a picture of a crowned pig.
He has over 10.8 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where his bio reads: “I play video games too much. I’m not the best, but my elbows are hot.”
‘Strategizing in heaven’
Online tributes to his memory were made by fans, gamers, and YouTubers following the news of his passing.
“I’ll never forget the day I met Technoblade,”
“I left work early to play in a Minecraft tournament with him. I barely knew how to play… and the dude still carried us to win the entire event.
“Rest in peace, big guy. You’ll always be a legend.”recalled J Schlatt
“Rest in peace Technoblade, He always treated me with pure kindness and never excluded me from anything. He couldn’t of been a kinder person!”YouTuber Captain Puffy aka Cara tweeted
“Technoblade is a legend. From being a massive fan, to one of his actual friends, I can’t describe how thankful I am to have been in his life. I just know he’s strategizing in heaven on how to beat God…”Tommy Innit said
“I’ve been rewatching Technoblade’s for the past hour,”
“He was so witty and so humble even in the toughest of times. I’ll always look up to him.”added Ludwig Ahgren
Quackity expressed gratitude online too, posting: “I had the opportunity to express to Technoblade how much admiration and respect I had for him, not only for the massive impact he had on all of us, but also for keeping his incredible humour even in the darkest moments. I will miss him so much.”
“May he rest in peace,”added eSports gamer Jake Lucky.
Technoblade’s father thanked fans in the farewell video, noting: “You meant a lot to him.”
He explained that a portion of proceeds from online orders for his late son’s merchandise would now go to charity.
The video ended with a written statement from his family, which read: “We, the family of Technoblade, wanted all of you to know just how much he adored and respected his fans and colleagues.
“From Technoblade’s earliest online days, he was always strategizing ways to delight and reward his audience – giving away online prizes, encouraging good sportsmanship, and most of all sharing his Minecraft adventures for entertainment and laughs.
“Even after his eventual successes he somehow managed to keep his good-natured humility, competing with an endearing balance between confidence and self-deprecating wit.”
Minecraft allows players to create their own experience in an imaginative virtual landscape, by digging holes to collect blocks.
Recent updates of the game have been used to help children explore and develop their career skills and knowledge, and to find solutions to real world problems such as flooding.
Ted Nevison described Technoblade as being “effortlessly funny” and “endlessly talented”. “Gone too soon,” he said.
Bad Boy Halo also paid tribute, adding: “Words can’t express how much you will be missed. The lives you’ve touched and the impact you’ve had on them will last forever.”
Slimecicle said Technoblade’s “personality and sense of humour were a true inspiration to me and countless others.”
“Thank you for everything you gave to a world that took you too soon, you will always be a legend.”