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Tetris legend and seven-time world champion Jonas Neubauer has passed away at the age of 39. He died on January 4 according to Vince Clemente, a representative for the Classic Tetris World Championship.

Neubauer’s family confirmed the news in a message from his Twitter account on January 8. Currently, they have not shared detailed information about the cause of Neubauer’s death. However, the statement did reveal that he died of a “sudden medical emergency.”

Likewise, the Classic Tetris World Championship shared the news of Jonas Neubauer’s death on its Twitter account. The statement recognized Neubauer as a great “champ, role model, and friend.” Due to his dominance throughout the 2010s, Neubauer undoubtedly boasts the title of the best Tetris player of all time.

More about Tetris GOAT Jonas Neubauer

In his time as a Tetris player, Jonas Neubauer was one of the most consistent esports competitors ever. Neubauer won the Classic Tetris World Championship seven times in an eight-year period. He won four times in a row from 2010-2013, and then three times in a row from 2015-2017.

Neubauer also placed 2nd at the Classic Tetris World Championship in both 2014 and 2018. His reign of dominance reached its end in 2019, as he did not reach the top 4 of the finals. Still, he remained a competent competitor, qualifying for the second round of matches at the 2020 Classic Tetris World Championship.

The competitive Tetris community has become populated by increasingly younger champions. A 13-year-old won the most recent Championship, while a 16-year-old won in 2018. Jonas Neubauer inspired several of these new players to compete in Tetris through his Twitch streams in the past.

Throughout the past ten years, Jonas Neubauer undoubtedly had a positive impact on the Tetris esports scene. As a result, several gamers have taken to Twitter to mourn his death and to express condolences for his friends and family.