7-time Classic Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer dies at age 38

A giant in esports has left us, as seven-time Classic Tetris World Championship Jonas Neubauer has passed away.


Update: The headline refers to Jonas Neubauer as 38 years old, however he was 39 at the time of his passing. Shacknews regrets this error.

On another note, the Classic Tetris team has posted a link for Neubauer's GoFundMe, which is currently raising funds for Neubauer's widow and any expenses incurred by this tragedy.

Original story: The esports world is saddened tonight to hear of the loss of Jonas Neubauer. He is considered one of the all-time greats in the world of Classic Tetris, having won the Classic Tetris World Championship seven times over the course of his illustrious career.

The news comes from Neubauer's Twitter account:

It’s with a heavy heart that we deliver the terrible news that Jonas has passed away from a sudden medical emergency.
He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.
Information to follow when it becomes available.

Vince Clemente from the Classic Tetris World Championship team reached out to Shacknews a short time ago. He issued the following statement, which will go up on the Classic Tetris World Championship website soon.

It is with broken hearts we share that Jonas Neubauer, 7-time CTWC champion, passed away suddenly on January 4.

Jonas has been an absolute pillar of positivity and humility to our CTWC family. We could have never asked for a greater champ, role model and friend. He was kind, genuine, hilarious, incredibly talented, and a brilliant ambassador for the game. While he was the biggest final boss he always had the warmest heart. He will live on as a legend to our community and many others around the world.

Jonas, we miss you, we love you, and we thank you for inspiring us to always be our best.

Rest in peace our mighty hero.

The 38-year-old Neubauer had been competing in the professional Classic Tetris circuit since 2010. Shacknews was privileged to get to speak to the seven-time champion at the 2019 Classic Tetris World Championship, where he spoke about his competitive career, his love of Tetris, the pressures of competing against a rising new crop of players, and his appearance on ABC's To Tell The Truth.

Shacknews will monitor this story as it develops. We also wish to send our deepest condolences to Neubauer's family, including his wife Heather Ito.

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    January 8, 2021 9:28 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, 7-time Classic Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer dies at age 38

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      January 8, 2021 9:29 PM

      This really hurts, fam.

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      January 8, 2021 9:32 PM


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      January 8, 2021 9:33 PM

      Awful news. :(

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      January 8, 2021 9:45 PM

      Tragic loss for esports. Way too young.

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      January 8, 2021 9:47 PM


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      January 8, 2021 9:53 PM

      I was went on a CTWC Finals binge last night. He was an awesome guy.

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      January 8, 2021 10:55 PM

      Absolutely horrible. Such an affable guy. Met him at the finals in Portland a couple years back.

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      January 8, 2021 11:38 PM

      damn, that's super sad :(

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      January 9, 2021 5:33 AM

      Uh what the hell? He just competed recently :(

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      January 9, 2021 5:44 AM

      hard to believe, what a shock. awful news, i feel bad for him and his family and friends :( :(

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      January 9, 2021 8:23 AM

      I see he's in the Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters movie. Great flick, a must-watch if you haven't.

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      January 9, 2021 8:51 AM

      This guy was a class act. He worked at a local brewery (The Strand) for years, and poured me multiple pints/growlers. Loved to talk shop about classic NES hardware, controllers, and some Tetris strats. Very sad to hear him go, RIP.

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      January 9, 2021 9:48 AM

      Oh no! I watched an interview with him, he seemed very nice and down to earth. This is a real loss.

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      January 9, 2021 11:15 AM

      This really sucks. Man... Watching him and his wife is twitch was always entertaining and he was such a good dude and competitor. And at 38? Wtf. Rest easy Jonas. You will be missed.

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      January 9, 2021 12:47 PM

      Omg that is so horrible. I loved that guy.

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