Sylvanaar, a famous World of Warcraft addon developer, has passed away

    
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Oh dear.

We have some sad news to report from the World of Warcraft addon community as Jon “Sylvanaar” Akhtar, the creator of popular addons like Prat, Addon Control Panel, and WoW Instant Messenger, has passed away.

Akhtar’s catalogue of addons have seen nearly 50 million downloads in total on Curseforge, with many of them focusing on either chat improvements or addon management for players and other addon devs alike. Akhtar was also a principle developer of mobile applications and an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.

As for what happens to the legacy of addons Akhtar created, there’s no word on whether they’ll be maintained going forward, though there are a number of contributors reportedly offering to keep these tools alive, while others are maintained due to their open source nature. In either case, we wish to offer condolences to Akhtar’s family and friends and thank him for his ingenuity in making WoW’s chat functions just a little bit better.

source: Twitter via Wowhead, thanks to Fisty for the tip
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Zora

Well dang, it feels like hearing a local craftsman who served your town for as long as you remember passed away… a rare tribute to stir such attention from strangers, especially when your crafts technically belonged to the realm of the immaterial

He’ll most likely read patch notes and suggest fixes from heaven <3

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Yrys

That’s sad to hear. I used to maintain a few WoW addons and had actually emailed back and forth with a bit on some technical stuff.

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Bruno Brito

It may seem little, but there is absolute worth in creating such items that becomes essentials in the lives of adventurers.

Thus, like the most legendary of blacksmiths, his legacy shall live in the weapons, armors and words of those who used his creations to best challenges across Azeroth.

Bye, Jon. To wield your lovingly-forged gifts was a privilege for all of us. The glory of all the victories is yours too, to carry to the stars.

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Fisty

His work helped to bring the community together, improve the quality of life and all of his addons out-Blizzarded Blizzard from the earliest of days. I hope some folks keep them going not just out of need, but in tribute. That good work deserves to keep making people happier.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh man, I remember Prat being pretty much mandatory for chat when I played. Never knew who was behind it (or really any of the addons I used)

Thoughts with his friends and family. The community lost a great member who did a lot to help out his fellow players with his free work on addons, hopefully others can keep them alive and updated so his community contributions can live on.

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Fisty

Prat is a top 5 essential

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Khrome

This, pretty much. I never understood why Blizzard didn’t incorporate the options into the client proper.