Popular Minecraft YouTuber known as Technoblade has died after battling stage four cancer, his family has announced. He was 23.
In an emotional video titled “so long losers” Posted on Technoblade’s YouTube account, the internet gamer’s father read out a message written by his late son.
“Thank you all for supporting my content over the years,” the message read. “If I had 100 more lives I would choose to be Technoblade every time because those were the happiest years of my life. I hope you enjoyed my content and I made you laugh and I hope you all go on to live a long, prosperous and happy life because I love you.”
In the message, he revealed his real name as Alex. According to his family, Technoblade has “avoided personal fame and worked hard to keep his true identity confidential.”
After finishing the letter, Technoblade’s father said his son was “having a hard time” writing his last message, saying he did so nearly eight hours before his death.
“He finished that and then he was done,” said his father. “He was the most amazing kid anyone could ever ask for.”
The content creator created his YouTube channel in 2013, featuring videos focused on the video game Minecraft. His channel would eventually gain over 11 million subscribers.
In a statement written by Technoblade’s mother on behalf of their family, she said that “he always came up with strategic ways to surprise and reward his audience.”
“Even after his eventual successes, he somehow managed to maintain his good-natured humility, rivaling an endearing balance of confidence and scornful humor,” the statement added.
The family asked fans to “respect his wish to protect his privacy and the privacy of his family.”
Fans and fellow gamers expressed their condolences following the news.
“He was so witty and so humble even in the hardest of times,” streamer Ludwig Ahgren tweeted† “I will always look up to him.”
“Your legacy will live on forever,” she wrote.