Technoblade’s father, YouTube Minecraft Star, says his son is dead

His father announced in a video posted on his son’s account that Technoblade, a YouTube personality who has created millions of followers with his sarcastic commentary on his videos playing Minecraft.

Over 11 million subscribers used to watch screen recordings of Technoblade’s Minecraft where he made off-camera commentary. While he usually focused on what was happening in the game, in some videos he described life events as ordinary like going to a DMV or as devastating as receiving a cancer diagnosis.

a Video “Geeks for a Long Time” Posted on Technoblade’s YouTube channel on Thursday and seen with over 26 million views as of Friday afternoon, it departed from the channel’s usual brick-and-cutter aesthetic. Instead, a man who identifies himself as Technoblad’s father appears, seated in a chair against a stark white background with a small white dog on his lap.

His father, who has not been named, reads a message from his son that begins: “Hi everyone. Technoblade is here. If you’re watching this, I’m dead.”

The letter goes on to reveal the Technoblade’s first name, Alex, which he did not use online. The video also contains a few photos of Alex with their loved ones. He rarely showed himself in his YouTube videos, preferring instead to present himself as an avatar: a crested pig wielding a sword.

“If I had hundreds of lives, I think I would choose to go back to Technoblade again every time,” Alex’s message reads. “Those were the happiest years of my life.”

His father, who has remained emotional throughout the video, says he and his son have been talking for months about whether to record a final video. Instead, Alex decided to write the letter and died about eight hours after finishing it, his father says.

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“I don’t think he said everything he wanted to say, but I think he got the main points,” he says.

The video ends with a written statement attributed to Alex’s unnamed mother. She wrote that her son avoided personal fame and was taking revenge on himself, even as his popularity on his channel rose.

She wrote: “Since Technoblade’s early days online, he has always been creating strategies to delight and reward his fans, give prizes online, encourage good sportsmanship, and most of all, share his adventures in Minecraft for entertainment and laughter.”

Alex’s family could not be reached on Friday. Hypixel, a game company that works with Technoblade, said the family had asked that requests for comment not be sent to them. “The video they shared contains all the information they feel comfortable sharing at this time,” Don Berisseau, the company’s principal director, said in a Twitter direct message.

Alex first publicly admitted his cancer diagnosis in a video posted on his channel in August. Like the others, the video showed the game while he was speaking off-camera. He retained his self-deprecating humor, refusing to be too serious. He also revealed his age at the time, 22 years old.

In the video, he describes how the first round of chemotherapy left him so exhausted that he could barely even sit down for a virtual doctor’s appointment. Then he joked, “I’m sitting in a chair, am I Superman?”

He said he was diagnosed after experiencing severe pain in his arm. He initially dismissed it as a recurring stress injury from playing video games, but even after a few days of rest, he said his shoulder “was swollen like crazy”.

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He also appealed to people to get a Covid-19 vaccine, saying that cancer treatments have weakened his immune system, making him more vulnerable to contracting a serious illness from the coronavirus.

“I’m going to speak for all cancer patients when I say it’s very upsetting when hospitals are overburdened with people dying of preventable diseases,” he said in the video. “I’m just saying, we have Debs on these hospital beds.”

On social media, Technoblade’s friends and fans praised him for his humor and being a role model among Minecraft players.

Minecraft differs from most games because its owner, Microsoft, does not control the servers that players meet online. Players can alternatively create their own servers or join servers made by someone else, creating a sprawling network of worlds in the world of Minecraft.

Hypixel, which operates a network of Minecraft servers, said it has created a digital memorial book for people to write messages that will be printed and sent to the Technoblade family. The Company honor An illustration of a Technoblade pig featured as a statue. “In many ways, the success of many of us is tied to the success of Technoblad,” the company said.

One of Technoblade’s friends, YouTuber Thomas Simmons, better known as TommyInnit, Describe it on Twitter As a “legend”.

Mr. Simons wrote: “I just know, he’s strategizing in heaven how to defeat God.”

Claire Fahy Contribute to the preparation of reports.

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