Technoblade, a popular Minecraft YouTuber, has died of cancer at the age of 23.
in a video Uploaded to his YouTube channel titled “See you later nerds” and narrated by his father, Technoblade thanked his fans and fellow streamers for their support over the years, revealing that his real name was Alex. (He “accidentally” blurted out his name was Dave in an earlier video.)
“Hello everyone, this is Technoblade. If you’re watching this, I’m dead,” he says. “Thank you all for supporting my content over the years. If I had another 100 lives, I think I would choose to go back to being Technoblade every time, as those were the happiest years of my life.”
In the video, Technoblade apologizes for “selling so much last year” by offering merchandise, but notes that his brothers will be able to go to college as a result. “Well, if they want to,” he adds. “I don’t want to put pressure on them with any dead brothers.”
Technoblade’s father describes how the two discussed making a final video, but said Alex was “having a hard time writing” due to the effects of his illness.
His father says that Technoblade wrote the script for his final video from bed and died soon after. “I don’t think he said everything he wanted to say, but I think he got the main points,” says his father. “He finished that and then he finished. He lived about eight more hours after that.”
in a video published on his channel in August 2021, Technoblade revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He says that his right arm had started to hurt in July of that year, and that he initially thought it was due to repetitive strain syndrome. Finally, he went to the doctor in early August and was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that grows in the connective tissues of the body.
“I feel a bit silly talking about this with Minecraft deep down, it feels a bit out of place,” says Technoblade in the video. “But I am a Minecraft YouTuber: I don’t do a face camera, which is, I suppose, the way most people would talk about serious stuff.”
He jokes in the video about how his “chemo arc is going to be fantastic for content” and how, when he called people to tell them about the diagnosis, “nobody took the news worse than my health insurance provider; inconsolable state for weeks.
Messages of support, admiration and condolences have poured in from the gaming community following the passing of Technoblade, including members of Dream SMP, a very popular company. Minecraft collaborative storytelling server with well-known streamers (including Technoblade itself).
“Effortlessly funny. Endlessly talented. He left too soon.” tweeted YouTuber Ted Nivison.
“Technoblade was someone many of us looked up to, myself included. Thank you for everything you did for so many. The world won’t be the same without you.” tweeted another streamer, Eret.
I will never forget the day I met Technoblade. I left work early to play a Minecraft tournament with him. He barely knew how to play… and the guy still led us to win the whole fucking event.
Rest in peace, big guy. You will always be a legend.
— Schlatt (@jschlatt) July 1, 2022
Technoblade is a fucking legend. From being a huge fan to one of her real friends, I can’t describe how grateful I am to have been in her life.
I only know that he is strategizing in heaven on how to beat God. This is not a joke. look at the screenshot.
rest in peace pic.twitter.com/ntb2C5bdLM
—TommyInnit (@tommyinnit) July 1, 2022
I have been watching Technoblade for the last hour.
He was so resourceful and so humble even in the most difficult times.
I will always admire him
rest in peace <3
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) July 1, 2022
In a message posted on Technoblade’s online store, his family said that a portion of all sales of his merchandise would be donated to the charity. the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
His family also shared a statement at the end of his final video, reiterating their appreciation and respect for his fans and fellow streamers, and his family’s desire for privacy.
We, the Technoblade family, wanted all of you to know how much he adored and respected his fans and colleagues.
Since Technoblade’s early online days, he has always been devising strategies to delight and reward his audience, giving away prizes online, encouraging good sportsmanship, and most of all, sharing his Minecraft adventures for entertainment and laughter. Even after her eventual successes, he somehow managed to maintain her good-natured humility, striking an endearing balance between confidence and self-deprecating wit. He avoided personal fame and worked hard to keep her true identity confidential, and we ask that you continue to honor her wishes to protect her privacy and the privacy of her family.
The past year had many difficult times for our son as he battled stage four cancer. But he didn’t complain and continued to use his famous strategic mind to try and beat what he knew to be nearly impossible odds. My son’s courage on this path was a shining lesson for all of us who had the privilege of walking it with him. Thank you for sharing his journey through it all as he did the work he loved for his beloved fans.