StarCraft commentator, analyst, streamer and ex-pro Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson has died at the age of 33. Robinson is one of the best known personalities in the history of StarCraft spanning both Brood War and StarCraft 2, most famous for the sense of humor and delivery that helped him improve any broadcast he was a part of.
Robinson's career began in StarCraft Brood War as one of the best foreigner players in the scene before he transitioned into StarCraft 2, first captaining the popular Evil Geniuses squad that housed other larger-than-life personalities like Greg "IdrA" Fields and Chris "HuK" Loranger. He would later depart the pro scene as a player and become one of the game's best commentators and analysts, most recently becoming a prominent fixture in StarCraft 2's WCS broadcasts alongside tournaments like HomeStory Cup, which allowed him to really demonstrate the personality that had made him one of the community's most beloved members.
The cause of Robinson's death has not been revealed, but his social media accounts confirmed his death over the weekend. Robinson had to pull out of the most recent HomeStory Cup, an event that he usually attended, but many believed it to be an unfortunately timed minor illness rather than something extremely serious, and nothing seemed to indicate anything otherwise. His Twitter account announced his sudden passing yesterday, stating that Robinson had died on Saturday due to sudden illness before suggesting that fans honor Robinson by donating to @SoCalBulldog, a non-profit group in Southern California dedicated to rescuing English Bulldogs.
With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.— Geoff Robinson (@iNcontroLTV) July 22, 2019
Since the announcement of Robinson's death, there's been an outpouring of love and support from the StarCraft community, with many sharing fond memories of the way Robinson impacted their lives before expressing disbelief he is now gone at such a young age. Robinson's influence is evident in the number of people remembering him on social media, and he will remain inextricable from StarCraft 2, a game that, as both a professional player and commentator, he helped grow and shape for years.
I've known Geoff for almost 20 years. We played Brood War in high school & college and did years of SC2/BW events together. Geoff was a one-of-a-kind person. I'll miss you man. I'm so sad. https://t.co/Rcv6qb1sEs— Sean Plott (@day9tv) July 22, 2019
The entire StarCraft Esports team is in shock at the passing of @iNcontroLTV. We grieve deeply for Geoff and those he loved. We have lost a friend, a colleague, and a member of our family. Our lives are better because Geoff was a part of them.— StarCraft Esports (@esportstarcraft) July 22, 2019
There’s nothing more painful than the untimely death of someone young and so dear to our hearts. Geoff brought so much joy and laughter into this world. He would always find & share the best animal videos & photos. SC2 will never be the same without him 💔 https://t.co/dvCfVZpU8d— Kim Phan (@kimaphan) July 22, 2019
It’s really hard to even say anything but i feel like i need to. Geoff was one of the greatest person i ever encountered. Capable to make anyone laugh in any situation. He just had a way with words and with people… https://t.co/4ki8sshYis— ToD (@YoanMerlo) July 22, 2019
Thank you so much for everything! I had so many great moments with you such as many of us had. I am speechless at the moment and deeply sad :(( happy to call you a friend Geoff! Rest In Peace!— Dennis Gehlen (@TaKeSeN) July 22, 2019
Many from outside the StarCraft community have also commented on the news, with CS:GO commentator Anders Blume and esports journalist Duncan "Thorin" Shields among those who have shared their shock and grief.
I am speechless, what a heartbreaking thing to be reading. One of the friendliest most radiant people I've ever met. I'm shocked, all my thoughts are with his family.— Anders Blume (@OnFireAnders) July 22, 2019
Details of the sudden illness that Robinson was afflicted with remain private at this time, and his family has expressed a desire for privacy during this time. Those looking to pay tribute to Robinson can do so by supporting the SoCal Bulldogs charity his social media accounts shared alongside the news, an organization that was apparently one that was near and dear to him.