Youtube star Minecraft player ‘Technoblade’ dies of cancer aged 23

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A popular American gamer, known to his 11 million YouTube subscribers as “Technoblade”, has died of cancer aged 23, his family announced Thursday evening.

In a video titled “So long nerds”, his father is seen sitting in a chair, playing with a family dog ​​as he tells fans about his son’s death.

He goes on to read a message that his son had prepared before his death.

“Hello, everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I’m dead. So let’s sit down and chat one last time,” his dad said.

“My real name is Alex,” the post continues, revealing only his first name after many years of anonymity and an inside joke where users thought his name might be Dave. His videos, which have had millions of views, did not show his face. Instead, he used an avatar – a pig wearing a crown – and his voice was familiar to many as he fought, built and joked around with others playing the popular “Minecraft” game.

The video included photos of Alex with friends and in a hospital gown, finally giving Technoblade fans a chance to catch a glimpse of his face.

In the posthumous post, he thanked fans for buying his merchandise and subscriptions, joking, “My siblings go to college, well, if they want to — I don’t want them. pressure from a dead brother.”

“It’s all about me. Thank you all for supporting my content over the years. If I had 100 more lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every time, because these are the years the happiest of my life.

“Love you guys,” the post added. “Technoblade released.”

His father told viewers that Alex had wanted to record a longer message, but “we waited too long” and he ran out of time. He adds that his son had difficulty concentrating as his health was deteriorating.

Alex mustered the strength to write the farewell message on a laptop on his deathbed, about eight hours before he died, his tearful father recalled.

“He was the most amazing kid anyone could ask for,” he said. “You meant a lot to him.”

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The video, viewed more than 18 million times on Friday morning, caused an outpouring of grief from its subscribers and other online gamers. Some recorded videos of their reaction to the news; others posted messages on social media.

“You will always be a legend” tweeted YouTuber and Twitch streamer Jschlatt.

“I had the opportunity to express to Technoblade all the 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 humor even in the darkest times. He will miss me so much. Rest in peace,” tweeted the YouTube player known as Quackity.

Technoblade told followers in August that he had been diagnosed with cancer, after reporting pain in his arm, in a video titled “where I was.” He never specified the type of cancer, but had raised funds from the Sarcoma Foundation of America, which supports people with a rare cancer that can arise in tissue structures, usually in the limbs.

In a statement posted at the end of the YouTube farewell video and widely shared on social media, signed by “Techno’s mom”, she praises “good-natured humility”, “spirit of self-mockery” and “sportsmanship” when playing “Minecraft.”

The video game sees players create and smash different types of blocks in three-dimensional worlds as they explore, build, survive, and sometimes fend off crowds of moving creatures.

She thanked everyone around the world who supported her son and said he “loved and respected his fans and colleagues”. She added that he ‘didn’t complain’ about his battle with stage four cancer, but ‘continued to use his famous strategic mind to try and beat what he knew were near impossible odds. “.

“My son’s bravery on this path has been a shining lesson for all of us who have had the privilege of walking it with him,” she added.


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