Jarod Nandin, a member of the Blizzard fan community known for his South Park World of Warcraft cosplay has passed away.
BlizzCon host Michele Morrow, who met Nandin in 2013, shared the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon, adding that Nandin had died from COVID-19.
“Today the @warcraft community and larger @blizzard has lost one of their sweetest souls to Covid-19. I met Jarod in 2013 when I asked to take a photo with him and stupidly grabbed – and snapped – the Rockstar energy drink stuck to his desk. I was mortified and Jarod couldn’t stop laughing. I felt bad but he gave me a hug and we became friends. In 2014, my first year hosting the convention, we met and recreated when we first met. Jarod had a fantastic sense of humor and was an advocate for cosplayers, body acceptance, and positivity. I’ve always loved seeing him online and at conventions over the years… Jarod was one of the better whores. It is not fair. Rest In Peace Jarod, beautiful soul. Blizzcon won’t be the same without YOU. Thank you for making an impact on my life and on so many others. Tonight we are raising our “Sword of a Thousand Truths” USB drives in your honor. We will never forget you.”
Nandin went viral for her 2013 cosplay of “What Has No Life,” the overlooked antagonist of South Park’s World of Warcraft episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” Members of the Blizzard community mourn Nandin as they post pictures of them wielding their “Sword of a Thousand Truths,” a reference to the same South Park episode.
Blizzcon 2013 – Jarod’s famous cosplay moment. Impossible not to watch this without smiling: pic.twitter.com/OOXIA07y38
– Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow) January 4, 2021
Nandin tweeted on December 18, that he had been admitted to hospital with chest pain, and confirmed his diagnosis of COVID on December 22. His last tweet on Dec. 28 said his diagnosis had not improved, with his oxygen saturation levels falling below an acceptable limit.
“I tested positive for COVID,” reads Nandin’s latest Instagram post. “I’m so sorry to worry you guys. I am in the hospital for treatment. Things look good. I’m just looking at COVID with a crappy smile on my face and I’m like, ‘How do you kill what has no life?’ “
Nandin was also known to promote body positivity in the gaming community.
Joseph Knoop is a writer for IGN, and he raises his sword of a thousand truths in your honor.