Technoblade, a top YouTube creator who specialized in Minecraft let’s-play videos, has died a year after he revealed a cancer diagnosis, according to a statement from his family. He was 23.
In an emotional YouTube video shared on Technoblade’s channel Thursday, the YouTuber’s father announced that his son had died. “He was the most amazing kid anyone could ever ask for,” his father said. “I miss Technoblade.”
The video uploaded Thursday, titled “so long nerds,” included a posthumous message from the creator to his fans, which was read by his father. “Hello everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I am dead,” Technoblade’s message said, revealing that his real name is Alex. “Thank you all for supporting my content over the years. If I had another hundred lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every single time as those were the happiest years of my life.”
On Technoblade’s online store, a message says, “In honor of his memory, a portion of the proceeds from all online orders will be donated to a wonderful organization called curesarcoma.org,” linking to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Technoblade, whose online avatar was a crowned king pig, currently has 10.8 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. “I play video games too much. I might not be the best, but I do have hot elbows,” his YouTube bio reads.
A statement at the end of the video shared Thursday read, “We, the family of Technoblade, wanted you all 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. Even after his eventual successes he somehow managed to keep his good-natured humility, competing with an endearing balance between his confidence and self-deprecating wit. He avoided personal fame and worked hard to keep his true identity confidential, and we ask you to honor his wishes to protect his privacy and the privacy of his family.”
The statement continued, “This past year has 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.”
According to his father, Technoblade composed his final message to fans about eight hours before he died. “I don’t think he said everything he wanted to say, but I think he got the main points,” his father said.
Technoblade disclosed his cancer diagnosis in August 2021. He said he started feeling pain in his right arm the previous month, initially thinking it was a repetitive stress injury from gaming. But after a few days, he realized his shoulder was swelling and thought he had a broken bone. After he went to the hospital, he was diagnosed with cancer.
Tributes to the late creator poured in on social media following the news of his death:
Through the hardest challenges, Technoblade was able to share his light and energy with so many around the world. We're deeply saddened by the news of his passing and our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and the @Technothepig community ❤️ https://t.co/RJaN8I6pDs
— YouTube Gaming (@YouTubeGaming) July 1, 2022
rip technoblade. you inspired millions around the world, and your legacy will live on forever. ❤️
oh, and fuck cancer.
— pokimane ❤️ (@pokimanelol) July 1, 2022
Words cannot describe how we, the entire Hypixel Team, are feeling today. Technoblade will always be remembered as one of our best, right from the start. Simon has released a statement from himself and the Hypixel Team, you can find it here > https://t.co/5HYjKsCYs4 pic.twitter.com/y04OFQ6q2E
— Hypixel Server (@HypixelNetwork) July 1, 2022
Technoblade has passed away after his battle with cancer, his father delivered a final message on his behalf today.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/z2dL5xzjvB
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) July 1, 2022
Technoblade is a fucking legend. From being a massive fan, to one of his actual friends, I can’t describe how thankful I am to have been in his life.
I just know he’s strategizing in heaven on how to beat God. This isn’t a joke. look at the screenshot.
rest in peace pic.twitter.com/ntb2C5bdLM
— TommyInnit (@tommyinnit) July 1, 2022
As we all believe , Technoblade never dies . We all will miss you deeply :( pic.twitter.com/3tIZjptTnL
— daggerhead69 (@daggerhead69) July 1, 2022
for everyone who needs a little pick up right now my loves. Rest in the most peace Technoblade. blood for the blood god nerd. we’ll all miss you dude. pic.twitter.com/ukrXoHMBHV
— Baz🎗🐷 (@strugglinggayy) July 1, 2022
Rest In Piece Technoblade. You're one of the coolest creators I've ever looked up to and you've helped so many of your audience, and helped me so much as well. My only regret is that I wish I can thank you properly.
LIVE ON!! pic.twitter.com/MYjUA51e7N
— SAD-ist (@SAD_istfied) July 1, 2022
rest in peace alex. go and topple governments in the sky for us.
technoblade never dies. pic.twitter.com/rjVylNEx07
— sobbi | technoblade never dies | (@killkermit) July 1, 2022
Saddened to hear of the passing of a gaming creator who made our lives a little brighter through his channel. Sending love to @Technothepig's family, friends, and fans. His dad said it best in this moving tribute – he did so much for millions of people.❤ https://t.co/EdeMg7p94x https://t.co/sBufeblU0B
— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) July 1, 2022