The popular Minecraft YouTuber who goes by the name Technoblade has died at the age of 23.
His father read a farewell statement from Technoblade, known only as Alex, in a video posted Thursday on his YouTube channel, which has 11.4 million subscribers.
“If I had another hundred lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every time, because those were the happiest years of my life,” read the note, as read by his father in the video titled “goodbye nerds.” .”
“I hope you enjoyed my content and that it made some of you laugh. And I hope you all continue to live a prosperous and happy life. Because I love you guys. Technoblade out.”
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Technoblade wrote the note on his father’s laptop about eight hours before his death, his father said. “He was the most amazing boy anyone could ask for,” said his father, who did not give his name and held a small poodle in his lap during the video. “I miss Technoblade. Thank you all for everything. You meant a lot to him.”
In a statement from the family, signed “The Techno Mom,” at the end of the video, his mother said: “He avoided personal fame and worked hard to keep his true identity confidential, and I ask that you continue to honor his wishes to protect your privacy and the privacy of your family.
Despite his stage 4 cancer diagnosis, he said, his son “didn’t complain and 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 was a lesson.” brilliant for everyone. we who had the privilege of walking with him”.
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The Technoblade Item Shop including T-shirts that read “So Long Nerds, Alexander ‘Technoblade’ 1999-2022”, will continue to be operated by his family with proceeds going to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
The organization’s executive director, Brandi Felser, he told CNN that later this year the foundation will present Technoblade with its Award of Courage, given annually to those who strive to “create hope and a better life for the sarcoma community.”
“Technoblade rallied their fans to raise over $500,000 to date to support sarcoma research,” he told CNN. “This allowed SFA to award research grants on behalf of Technoblade. Through these efforts, he leaves behind a legacy that will impact generations.”
Minecraft lovers and YouTubers posted tributes to Technoblade as news of his death spread. The official Minecraft Twitter account said: “We’ve been trying to find the words, but all of us here at Minecraft are heartbroken at the loss of Technoblade. He meant so much to our community and brought so much joy. He will be missed.” expensive.”
YouTube content creator BadBoyHalo posted on Twitter: “The lives you’ve touched and the impact you’ve had on them will last forever.”
Author John Green (“Turtles All the Way Down”) recalled on Twitter how he and his son often looked up to the “talented and hilarious 23-year-old… My thoughts are with Alex’s family, friends and fans.” “.
An artist who goes by Hont on Twitter was one of many who posted elaborate fan art of appreciation in tribute to Technoblade. “Her legacy of him will live on,” the post read.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dead Technoblade: Minecraft YouTuber Says Goodbye in ‘See You Later Nerds’ Video