A popular Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade passed away on Friday due to cancer. He was only 23. His family released an emotional farewell video on his behalf as a final goodbye to his fans. Last year, Technoblade revealed to fans he had been diagnosed with cancer. He died from sarcoma, which is a rare bone and soft tissue cancer.
The online star, who won Minecraft tournaments and legions of fans talking about his life in a humorous way while playing the game, explained in a fundraising video posted in February that he had undergone chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a limb salvage operation after developing a painful tumor in his right arm.
He disclosed his cancer diagnosis in August 2021, explaining that he initially thought the pain he was feeling was from a repetitive stress injury due to excessive gaming. After his arm became swollen he went to the hospital and was subsequently diagnosed with cancer.
The video, entitled “so long nerds” was shared with his 10 million followers. In the video, Technoblade’s father calls him “the most amazing kid anyone could ever ask for.” The US internet personality rose to fame by live streaming and posting clips of himself playing the sandbox video game.
In the last video posted on the Google-owned platform, the YouTuber said: “Hello everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I am dead.” Popular YouTuber Technoblade, who had a humongous fan following on YouTube, has died. Technoblade gained popularity because of his commentary on videos of him playing Minecraft.
Technoblade, whose real name was Alex, had close to 11 million subscribers on YouTube. His videos on Minecraft and his wry commentary on his game were a hit amongst gamers. He usually focused on the game but he once announced receiving a cancer diagnosis. Technoblade even wrote a letter to his followers before passing away.
Instead of Minecraft’s colorful blocks, the video features a man, who identifies as Technoblade’s father with a poodle, sitting in a chair against a white background. After introducing himself, he read his son Technoblade’s letter. “Hello, everyone. Technoblade here. If you are watching this, I am dead.” His father reveals in the letter that Technoblade’s real name was Alex, which he never used online. Technoblade was a faceless entity in his YouTube videos. It was his voice that did the magic, but his father showed some of his pictures of his loved ones. Technoblade used an avatar of a crowned, sword-wielding pig for himself in his videos.
“If I had another hundred lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every single time. Those were the happiest years of my life,” Alex’s letter says. Before closing his letter, his father said that Technoblade died about eight hours after finishing the letter.
The video ends with a note from Alex’s mother, who did not come in front of the camera or reveal her name. Her note stated that her son never wanted personal fame and was always self-deprecating, even when his videos got so popular on YouTube.
“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,” she noted.
Who was Technoblade?
Technoblade joined YouTube in 2013. He was 14 at that time. The description on his channel reads, “I play video games too much. I might not be the best, but I do have hot elbows (sic).” However, Technoblade was not his first foray into the world of streaming. In 2009, he launched his very first channel, StudioLORE. However, it was his second channel and brand Technoblade that got his very popular among the gaming community, especially those who play Minecraft.
Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game developed by Mojang Studios where players interact with a fully modifiable three-dimensional environment made of blocks and entities. Its diverse gameplay lets players choose the way they play, allowing for countless possibilities, as per the gaming site.
Technoblade’s expertise was Minecraft. His videos often revolved around him playing on the Minecraft Server Hypixel. He specialised in Bed Wars and Skyblock, but also extended his range to include other minigames, as well as player-versus-player combat.
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