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Jarod Nandin AKA "South Park Guy" Cosplayer Dies Due To COVID-19

Matthew Mercer, Michele Morrow, Rod Breslau, and more pay tribute to the South Park cosplayer from Blizzcon.
South Park Guy Cosplayer
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Jarod Nandin, known online as NWBZPWNR and famous for his "South Park Guy" cosplay at Blizzcon, has died from COVID-19. The news was announced by Wowhead on Twitter early Sunday afternoon. Nandin had first told social media that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on December 22nd after checking into the hospital on the 18th, and had written a series of updates in the following days. His passing struck a nerve in the entire gaming community.

Nandin had first gained fame at Blizzcon 2013 after cosplaying as the World of Warcraft player in the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft." He would walk around Blizzcon with a rolling desk with a gaming PC, keyboard, candy, and even Rockstars on the desk to recreate the look. Nandin also entered the costume contest with the look, which quickly went viral and helped him become known as the "South Park Guy."

Matthew Mercer, known for being the Dungeon Master on Critical Role, shared his condolences on Twitter Sunday evening. "We miss you. Nearly two decades of being silly weebs together," Mercer wrote on his Twitter. "You’ve only ever been a joy. This hurts."

Michele Morrow also wrote about Nandin's passing on her Twitter, sharing photos from when she first met him back at Blizzcon in 2013 while waiting backstage for the cosplay competition. "Jarod had a fantastic sense of humor and was an advocate for cosplayers, body acceptance and positivity," Morrow said. "He gave the best hugs and always had something positive to share."

Other fans and celebrities also shared their tributes on Twitter to Nandin:

A Memorial Fund has been set up on GoFundMe for Nandin to help cover funeral costs and to help his mother during this difficult time. The Cosplay Central team offers our condolences offers our condolences to Jarod Nandin's family, friends, and loved ones.

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Kelsey Endter

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Kelsey started her cosplay adventure at a small convention outside Sacramento in 2011. Since then, she has been featured on major websites such as IMDb and Variety Magazine, and worked with companies like Besame Cosmetics featuring Disney & Marvel makeup products. Her passion for cosplay and love of the community brought her to join Cosplay Central as Editor-in-Chief in 2020. In her spare time she’s usually seen playing with her dog and scouting the next best photoshoot location for her cosplays.

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