Tributes have poured in for “the greatest ambassador for Classic Tetris”
Competitive Tetris player Jonas Neubauer has died suddenly at the age of 39.
According to his Twitter profile Jonas has died of a “sudden medical emergency” on January 5.
The Tweet continues: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”
Neubauer was the seven-time Classic Tetris World Champion. Profiled by VICE back in 2018, Neubauer started streaming on Twitch back in 2017 under the username “NubbinsGoody”.
Messages of support and admiration have started pouring in, praising Neubauer. The official twitter account for Tetris called the news “a tremendous loss in so many ways.”
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends” it continues, “and to the entire classic Tetris community, as we all mourn his passing.”
eSports personality Rod Breslau has called Neubauer’s death “an immense loss for gaming,” linked to the 2016 Classic Tetris World Championship, which featured Jonas winning his sixth World Championship since 2010, beating Jeff Moore to first place.
A heartfelt tribute from Japanese Tetris grandmaster Tomohiro “Green Tea” Tatejima said that he was “filled in deep grief for this huge loss” and that he thought Jonas was “the greatest ambassador for Classic Tetris”.
A memorial fund has been established on GoFundMe, and at time of writing it has raised $37,863 of its $50,000 goal from more 645 donors.
All funds from will be donated directly to Neubauer’s spouse Heather Ito to help with the immediate needs of the family.