The global Minecraft community is reeling in the loss of its biggest content contributor, Technoblade, a 23-year-old game wizard who sadly passed away from a terminal illness.
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The Minecraft YouTuber’s 10.8 million subscribers were left in shambles when a new upload surfaced on the gamer’s channel on Friday, titled ‘so long nerds’. This six-minute entry, it turns out, was Technoblade’s last dying wish, a tribute and parting message to his loyal fanbase.
In the clip, Technoblade’s father reads a short message written by the 23-year-old hours before he died and reveals the Minecraft wizard’s final moments. Unbeknownst to fans who’ve followed the YouTuber for close to a decade, Technoblade was living with cancer, and this year, it had developed to stage four.
“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,” the family’s statement read.
Here is Techno’s final tribute to his fans, where his father battles through tears to honour his son with his last dying wish.
Social media reactions to Techno’s death
News of the Minecraft wizard’s passing has hit the YouTube community hard. The gamer’s last video upload had already amassed more than 11.6 million views, and 2.4 million likes, at the time this article was published.
The video is also trending at number 19 in the platform’s gaming c ategory. Here are some of the reactions we picked out from fans after news of Technoblade’s death surfaced:
Technoblade was an absolute legend. Heartbreaking news to wake up to, he was so brave and fearless and lovely. Rest in peace, you can have Ireland this time pic.twitter.com/SuIg8gCHpW— RTGame Daniel (@RTGameCrowd) July 1, 2022
RIP Technoblade, the world just lost a great person— Charlie (@MoistCr1TiKaL) 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.— TommyInnit (@tommyinnit) July 1, 2022
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
Thank you for everything Technoblade.— dewgonn (@mrgreenpenguinn) July 1, 2022
Rest In Peace, King. pic.twitter.com/pXr7llGx6x
I’ll never forget the day I met Technoblade. I left work early to play in a Minecraft tournament with him. I barely knew how to play… and the dude still carried us to win the entire fucking event.— Schlatt (@jschlatt) July 1, 2022
Rest in peace, big guy. You’ll always be a legend.