Technoblade, one of the most popular Minecraft video creators on YouTube, has died following a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, according to his family.
Technoblade has died. The Minecraft YouTuber, who was battling stage 4 cancer, revealed his death in a video released Thursday by having his father read a letter he wrote hours before he died. Technoblade was 23 years old.
“If I had a hundred more lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every time, because those were the happiest years of my life,” he wrote in a message to his community about eight hours before his death.
His father read the message aloud in a YouTube video Thursday titled “so long nerds,” which reached millions of people and reached No. 1 on the trending page.
“I hope you enjoyed my content and that I made some of you laugh, and I hope you all live long, prosperous and happy lives because I love you,” Technoblade wrote in his message.
“Technoblade out,” he said at the end of the note.
Technoblade’s family revealed that his first name was Alex and shared photos of him in the video. His family did not mention his last name and asked that his privacy be protected.
With more than 11 million followers on YouTube and nearly 4 million on Twitter, Technoblade attracted a large community of people who enjoyed his humor, kindness and games on Minecraft.
“He was the most amazing kid you could ask for,” his father said in the video, with tears in his eyes.
In part of his message, Technoblade thanked those who bought his merchandise and subscriptions to his channel and explained that now his siblings could go to college if they wanted.
“Since his early days online, Technoblade has always looked for ways to delight and reward his audience – giving away prizes online, encouraging sportsmanship and, most importantly, sharing his Minecraft adventures for fun and laughter,” reads a statement from his family at the end of the video.
Technoblade’s family said they will donate a portion of the proceeds from online product orders to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.