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Esports • Jul 23, 2019

Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson's family confirms he passed away painlessly

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Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson's family confirms he passed away painlessly
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Former StarCraft 2 pro turned commentator Geoff ‘iNcontrol’ Robinson suddenly passed away at the age of 33 on July 21 and his cause of death has been revealed on his Twitter account.

Posting on Robinson’s Twitter account, his family wrote: “To offer some solace in this time of grief: We've learned that Geoff passed quickly and painlessly from a blood clot in his lungs. He was with friends. He always urged and led us by example to take care of ourselves to the best of our ability. Remember to do that for him today.” 

The tweet included a stylized in memoriam graphic of Robinson through the years. 

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Robinson's ex-wife, Anna Prosser, provided more details on her personal Twitter account writing: "In 2013, Geoff went to the hospital for pain in his leg and learned it was a blood clot. I remember the doctor explaining to us that usually there’s no pain, and how lucky he was to have caught it. Geoff cited that often, and I never knew someone so steeped in daily gratefulness."

"After learning that extensive sitting could contribute to clotting, the first thing he did was tell his friends and community, urging them to get up, walk, and stretch often. He wanted to share and protect by example. You probably remember his diligent 'get up' breaks on stream," she added.

"He used his experience to help others, he led by example in taking care of himself, and he spoke very often about how grateful he was for his life and the wonderful things in it. It’s unbelievably unfair that he’s gone. But he made each day of his 6 year 'second chance' count."

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"In the end it wasn’t about sitting or anything he could have done to prevent it, and everything I say feels stupidly inadequate to make any sense of that. The fact that he did everything right and then we blinked and he was gone is just inconceivable."

Tributes from across the esports community poured in after news of Robinson’s passing on July 21. It was clear that he meant a lot to the esports community at large and not just the StarCraft scene. 

Nick 'Tasteless' Plott said iNcontrol "brought so much laughter to me and so many others, while Sean 'day9' Plott described him as a "one-of-a-kind person."

Meanwhile, esports journalist Duncan 'Thorin' Shields described him as "one of the most entertaining people to ever be involved with esports."

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iNcontroL transitioned into commentary after his career as a StarCraft player.

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The official StarCraft twitter account also paid homage to iNcontrol writing: “thank you for everything, Geoff. StarCraft won't be the same without you.” 

Robinson, a former Starcraft 2 Protoss player was a highly popular figure in the competitive gaming community from both his playing days and further career in broadcasting.

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As a player he captained the Evil Geniuses StarCraft team, and once his career as a competitor was over he transitioned into becoming a popular commentator for the game.

He casted events such as season one of North American Star League and the 2012 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.

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