The Cosplay and South Park fan community has lost a memorable and well loved Icon, as famous South Park cosplayer Jarod Nandin has died due to complications from Covid-19.
Jarod Nandin was just 40 years old. This pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people, including notable ones in the entertainment industry. Nandin’s unfortunate passing has caused the cosplay and blizzard fan community to mourn for a beloved soul. Jarrod Nandin was a member of the Blizzard fan community and was famously known for his South Park and World Of Warcraft Cosplay. Nadin was originally known as NWBZPWNR in the gaming community.
Back In 2013 Nadin famously went to that year’s Blizzcon and appeared in cosplay as a character from South Park. Nandin cosplayed as the slob World Of Warcraft gamer on the South Park episode titled “Make Love, Not Warcraft” in Season 10.
Jarod Nandin’s Impact
Nandin’s South Park cosplay was met with hilariously high praise from fans and the cosplaying community. Nandin brought much love and detailed effort to his cosplay appearance. He even shaved his most of his head to re-create South Park character’s baldness and effort. Let’s just say his effort was very successful and nailed the character to perfection.
Michelle Morrow, who is a host of Blizzcon and a dear friend to Jarod Nandin, was the one who shared his unfortunate passing. Morrow shared on her twitter:
“Today the @warcraft and greater @blizzard community lost one of it’s sweetest souls to Covid-19. I met Jarod in 2013 when I asked to take a photo with him and stupidly grabbed -and broke- the Rockstar energy drink glued to his desk. I was mortified and Jarod couldn’t stop laughing. I felt awful but he gave me a hug and we became friends.
In 2014, my first year hosting the convention, we met up and recreated the moment we first met. Jarod had a fantastic sense of humor and was an advocate for cosplayers, body acceptance and positivity. I always enjoyed seeing him online and at conventions throughout the years….Jarod was one of the fucking best. It’s not fair.
Rest In Peace Jarod, you beautiful soul. Blizzcon won’t be the same without YOU. Thank you for making an impact on my life and so many others. Tonight we raise our thumb drives of “The Sword of a Thousand Truths” in your honor. We will never forget you.”
Jarod Nandin first tweeted on his in twitter account on December 18, that he was admitted to a local hospital for chest pain. Nandin then tweeted again on December 22 that he was diagnosed for Covid-19. Nandin’s final tweet explained that his condition was not improving. The final tweet also explained that Nandin’s oxygen saturation levels were dropping significantly.
Even while during his unfortunate and saddening situation, Nandin tried to reassure his fans that he would be ok. Nandin’s also explained in his final instagram post “I tested positive for COVID.”
“I’m really sorry to worry you guys. I’m in the hospital getting treatment. Things look good. I’m just looking at COVID with a shit-eating grin on my face and saying: ‘How do you kill that which has no life?’”
Jarod Nandin’s passing is a huge loss for the cosplay and gaming community. Nadin was known for being a positive influence to cosplayers around the comic convention community. Nandin promoted body positivity in the gaming and cosplay community. Yes Nandin will be always forever remembered in being the World Of Warcraft South Park Guy Cosplayer. But he was more than that, and inspired others during his life. He was a lovable and caring individual in the comic convention community.
He was known for his great humor and would make his friends, followers, and fans laugh with joy. But his advocacy for body acceptance and positivity will never be forgotten. He might have been a fellow gamer, nerd, and known cosplayer. But to us in the pop culture community he was an inspirational warrior. Rest In Peace, Jarod Nandin.