It is with a heavy heart that we report that Chris Taylor has passed away. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the 21-year-old had tweeted that he was scared that he would never have the chance to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“I’m really scared I won’t be able to play Ultimate,” Taylor had tweeted. “December is a long way away for someone who is already bedridden… I know it’s childish to despair over a video game but Smash means a lot to me and when Ultimate looks so good it breaks my heart.”
His disappointment sparked a social media campaign, an outpouring of support from well-wishers rallying to signal boost his situation to Nintendo of America.
That had soon attracted their attention, with two representatives flying out to his home last week with the E3 2018 demo build for him to play with his friends and family. But, sadly, he has now passed away in the days since.
“Today Chris passed away at around 5pm EST. He was surrounded by friends and family when it happened in the comfort of his own home. On behalf of him and our family, we are extremely thankful for all the love and support Chris has gotten. You guys made it possible for his wish to come true,” his brother Zach wrote on Reddit.
“I hope Chris’s memory lives on through all of us when we game. Just remember this once… everybody got together for the most genuine man I’ve ever known. He just wanted to get out there meet some people and play some games. Unfortunately, he can’t do that anymore so let’s continue his legacy for him.”
We would like to extend our condolences to Chris’s family and friends at this sad time.