YouTubers are a particular breed of influencer, with longtime viewers often feeling like the creators’ personal friends. When these online talents spend hours and hours uploading content to enjoy, it’s hard not to feel like they know them in real life. Unfortunately, while these stars are often put on a pedestal, they’re not immune to the tragedies that befall real-life friends.
Technoblade was the gaming identity of a YouTuber with over 11 million subscribers. With a focus on Minecraft and a commitment to creating engaging content, Technoblade has been a staple and favorite in the gaming community. His August 2021 upload, “Where I’ve Been,” was a departure from his typical content. He shared with fans that he started feeling severe pain in one of his arms at the end of July. While he initially thought it was a stress injury from his competitive video gaming, he soon received the devastating news from a doctor: it was cancer.
Technoblade continued to upload in the months that followed, providing occasional updates on his treatment or doing charity streams to raise money for cancer research. Today, however, fans encountered a devastating upload in their subscription feeds.
Technoblade leaves an emotional farewell
“Hello everyone, Technoblade here,” begins the narration in the heartbreaking “So Long Nerds” video, uploaded to the Technoblade channel on July 1st. “If you’re watching this, I’m dead.” The posthumous message, read about Minecraft gameplay, is delivered by his father. Although Technoblade has been known to be private about his true identity and details of his life off YouTube, he revealed in the video that his name was Alex.
The video is full of his signature humor. He thanked all of his fans who supported his work and bought his merch, which helps his siblings go to college. “Well, if you want,” adds Technoblade. “I don’t want to put peer pressure on them from dead brothers.” He concludes, “If I had a hundred more lives, I would choose to be Technoblade all over again.” After reading Technoblade’s farewell, his father shared, that the player died just eight hours after composing the message.
Condolences have been expressed by fans, fellow YouTubers, and strangers who saw the video on YouTube’s trending page. Gamer TommyInnit said on Twitter: “Technoblade is a fucking legend. From a huge fan to one of his true friends, I can’t describe how grateful I am to have been in his life.” YouTuber and author John Green wrote, “So so sad to hear of the passing of Technoblade, a talented one and hilarious 23-year-old YouTuber that I watched a lot with my son.”