It Popular Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade dies at the age of 23 from cancer
Popular Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade, who was 23 years old, passed away from cancer.
In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel titled “so long nerds” and narrated by his father, Technoblade thanked his fans and fellow streamers for their support over the years and revealed that his real name was Alex. (He’d “accidentally” let slip he was called Dave in an earlier video.)
“Hello everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I am 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 be Technoblade again every single time, as those were the happiest years of my life.”
In the video, Technoblade apologizes for “selling out so much in the past year” by offering merchandise, but notes that, as a result, his siblings will be able to go to college. “Well, if they want to,” he adds. “I don’t want to put any dead brother peer pressure on them.”
Technoblade’s father describes how the two discussed making a final video, but said Alex was “having a hard time doing the writing” due to the effects of his illness.
His father says Technoblade wrote the script for his final video from bed and died shortly afterward. “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 up and then he was done. He lived about another eight hours after that.”
Technoblade stated that he has been given a cancer diagnosis in a video that was uploaded to his YouTube account in August 2021. He claims that in July of that year, he first felt the pain in his right arm was the result of repetitive strain syndrome. He finally visited a doctor at the start of August and was identified as having sarcoma, a rare kind of cancer that develops in the connective tissues of the body.
“I feel a bit silly talking about this with Minecraft in the background, it feels a bit out of place,” says Technoblade in the video. “But I’m a Minecraft YouTuber — I don’t do a face-cam, which is, I guess, how most people would talk about serious things.”
He jokes in the video about how his “chemotherapy arc is going to be fantastic for content,” and how, when he was calling people to tell them about the diagnosis, “nobody took the news worse than my health insurance provider — they’ve been inconsolable for weeks.”
Following Technoblade’s departure, messages of support, respect, and condolences have poured in from the gaming world. Among them are tributes from Dream SMP players, a very famous Minecraft server that collaborates with well-known broadcasters to make stories (including Technoblade himself).
“Effortlessly funny. Endlessly talented. Gone too soon,” tweeted YouTuber Ted Nivison.
“Technoblade was someone so 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.
In a message posted to Technoblade’s online store, his family said a portion of all sales of his merchandise would be donated to the charity, the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
At the conclusion of his farewell video, his family also released a message in which they reiterated his gratitude and respect for his viewers and other streamers as well as his family’s request for privacy.
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. He avoided personal fame and worked hard to keep his true identity confidential, and we ask you to continue to honor his wishes to protect his privacy and the privacy of his family.
This past year had a lot of rough spots for our son as he battled stage four cancer. But he didn’t complain, and kept using his famous strategic mind to try to beat what he knew were almost impossible odds. My son’s bravery on this path was a shining lesson to all of us who were privileged to walk it with him. Thank you for sharing his journey through it all, as he did the work he loved for his beloved fans.