The sad news has become official in the past few hours: the competitive Tetris player Jonas Neubauer died suddenly at the age of 39. Neubauer was seven-time world champion of Tetris and ran a channel Twitch with his partner, Heather Ito. His death occurred last January 4 2021, following an unspecified "sudden medical emergency": just a few days later, unfortunately, the former president of Sony Online Entertainment. Below, the message left on his official Twitter account:
It is with a heavy heart that we deliver the terrible news that Jonas has passed away from a sudden medical emergency. It was the best ever. We are devastated, overwhelmed by pain and already we miss a lot. Information to follow when available.
This is a tremendous loss in so many ways. Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time for skill, wit and kindness, ”said a message from the official Tetris Twitter account. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and to the entire classic Tetris community, as we all mourn his passing.
His unexpected death prompted those who knew him to open up candidly about their memories in his memory. Among the many, also the official profile of the Classic Tetris World Championship, a series of video game competitions hosted by the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, dedicated a message to Jonas. The contest in question, launched in 2010, saw the participation of the boy several times, who followed the Tetris community very actively.
We are heartbroken to share that 7-time CTWC champion Jonas Neubauer died suddenly on January 4th. We could never have asked for a bigger champion, model and friend. Jonas, we miss you, we love you and we thank you for inspiring us to always be our best. Rest in peace.
Jonas was a Tetris master, a denim enthusiast, an ambassador in Albacete, Spain, and an expert food taster at the Ravenclaw house, ”explains an article about a GoFundMe memorial fund set up for Neubauer's family. “His enthusiasm for everything was infectious and inspiring, and he was always finding ways to make every situation incredibly fun.