Popular YouTube content creator Mitten Squad, with real name Joseph Wilson, and known for being the mind behind the “Fallout” and “The Elder Scrolls” challenge runs, has died at age 27.
Cause of death
The reported cause of his death is something that his fans had feared for so long.
While the actual cause of his death has not yet been officially confirmed, fans suspect it has something to do with his ongoing struggles with alcohol.
In May, the YouTuber posted a saddening health update on X. He said, “Little bit of a life update: My drinking has gotten so out of control that I had to go to the emergency room again yesterday. I got some bad news there. Turns out I’ve got pancreatitis. The frequent vomiting sucks but the pain is indescribable and nothing seems to make it stop.”
Interestingly, there had been rumors last November which indicated he had died, with fans knowing that his alcoholism had taken its toll on his health. However, he shut down those rumors.
“It’s Thanksgiving today and I’m not dead, despite some rumors that I am,” he said during that time. Mitten Squad also added he had been drinking less and blacking out less.
But things had gotten worse.
Messages of sympathy and condolences poured for Mitten Squad from his fans and the community.
On X, @Its_Jabo posted, “Mitten Squad will always be the pioneer of challenge-run content on YouTube in my eyes. His videos are the reason why I moved on from speedrunning. To say he was an influence on my channel is an understatement. Hearing of his passing has just been heartbreaking. Rest up Paul.”
@Nerbit_13098 said he is an “inspiration.”
“Rest easy man, you were an inspiration to more people than you’ll ever know and one of the funniest guys on the platform. The world is lesser without you RIP Mitten Squad,” the added.
Mitten Squad was a legend in the Bethesda games community. He made some of the world’s greatest “Fallout New Vegas,” “Fallout 3,” and “The Elder Scrolls” videos, not to mention completed incredible challenge runs for games such as “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Doom,” and “BioShock.”
He fused together imagination, humor, and superlative gaming prowess. He was also known for his deadpan narration, and creating obscure and very inventive challenges, such as completing “Fallout New Vegas” without ever moving the in-game camera. He has over 1.4 million subscribers on his YouTube channel by the time of his death.
His last YouTube video is below.