Alex Schuster, better known by his online alias Technoblade, was a popular Minecraft YouTuber who died on July 1, 2024, at the age of 23. He had been diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that affects the bones and soft tissues, in August 2021. His death shocked and saddened millions of fans and fellow creators who admired his skills, humor and personality.
The Rise of Technoblade
Alex Schuster was born on October 12, 2000, in the United States. He started playing video games at a young age and developed a passion for Minecraft, a sandbox game that allows players to create and explore virtual worlds. He created his YouTube channel, Technoblade, in 2013 and began uploading videos of himself playing various Minecraft modes, such as Skywars, Bedwars, Skyblock and more. He also participated in several Minecraft tournaments and events, such as Minecraft Monday, Minecraft Championship and Dream SMP, where he collaborated and competed with other famous YouTubers, such as Dream, TommyInnit, Quackity and Wilbur Soot.
Technoblade quickly gained a loyal fanbase for his impressive gameplay, witty commentary and charismatic personality. He was known for his catchphrases, such as “blood for the blood god”, “nerd” and “orphan obliterator”. He also had a signature avatar of a crowned pig, which he used to represent himself online. He reached 10 million subscribers on YouTube in June 2024, making him one of the most successful and influential Minecraft YouTubers of all time.
The Diagnosis and Treatment
In August 2021, Technoblade revealed to his fans that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He explained that he had been experiencing pain in his right arm for a while, which he initially thought was caused by a repetitive stress injury from excessive gaming. However, after his arm became swollen, he went to the hospital and was told that he had a tumor in his arm. He was then diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the bones and soft tissues.
Technoblade underwent several treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a limb salvage operation, to try to fight the cancer. He documented his journey on his YouTube channel, where he shared his updates, thoughts and feelings with his fans. He also continued to make videos and livestreams, where he played Minecraft and other games, such as Among Us, Terraria and Stardew Valley. He also raised money for charity, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which specializes in treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Technoblade showed remarkable courage, optimism and resilience throughout his battle with cancer. He never gave up hope and always tried to make the best of his situation. He also expressed his gratitude and love for his family, friends and fans, who supported him and cheered him on.
The Farewell Message
On July 1, 2024, Technoblade’s family posted a video on his YouTube channel, titled “so long nerds”. The video featured his father, who read a farewell message that Technoblade had written hours before his death. In the message, Technoblade revealed that his real name was Alex and that he had died peacefully in his sleep. He thanked his fans for supporting his content over the years and said that he had no regrets. He also joked that he had pranked his viewers into believing that his name was Dave, which was a reference to one of his old videos. He ended his message by saying that he loved his fans and that he hoped to see them again in the next life.
The video also showed a montage of Technoblade’s best moments, such as his Minecraft achievements, his funny moments with his friends and his interactions with his fans. The video has received over 100 million views and 20 million likes, making it one of the most viewed and liked videos on YouTube. The video also sparked an outpouring of grief, condolences and tributes from fans and fellow creators, who expressed their sadness and admiration for Technoblade.
The Legacy of Technoblade
Technoblade was a legend in the Minecraft community and the YouTube world. He inspired and entertained millions of people with his talent, humor and personality. He also touched many lives with his kindness, generosity and bravery. He will be remembered as one of the greatest and most beloved Minecraft YouTubers of all time.
Rest in peace, Technoblade. You will always be a king. <3