Multi-time Tetris champion Jonas Neubauer has handed away. Known for his unimaginable ability within the puzzler, Neubauer was a key consider a current surge in Tetris curiosity, stemming from his charming championship performances, and common Twitch streams.

The information was delivered by way of Neubauer’s private Twitter this week. “It’s with a heavy heart that we deliver the terrible news that Jonas has passed away from a sudden medical emergency,” the tweet says. “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.” He handed on January 4, and was 39 years previous.

Jonas was the inaugural Classic Tetris World Champion in 2010, and would go on to win the match six extra occasions over the course of 11 years. In 2018, his shedding effort within the finals in opposition to Joseph Saelee drew widespread consideration on Twitch, resulting in a renewed curiosity in Tetris and the encircling aggressive scene. Neubauer was a long-time Tetris professional, recording himself attaining excessive scores on VHS, and sending them to mates to be uploaded on previous messageboards again within the early noughties. He was included as a topic of the Tetris documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, the making of which spurred the unique CTWC.

Over the final a number of years, Neubauer had been a daily on Twitch, streaming his Tetris apply, and exploring unusual, new methods to strategy the time-honored stack-’em-up. A few highlights are his try to play Tetris utilizing a dancepad, his semi-regular collection on Not Tetris 2, and he and his wife playing Tetris 99, the Tetris battle royale on Nintendo Switch.

Here’s his 2018 match in opposition to Joseph Saelee:

Here’s him making an attempt to play Tetris on a dancepad:

A memorial fund has been arrange in Jonas’ honour via GoFundMe.