YouTube Star John Bain, ‘Totalbiscuit’ Dies From Cancer At Age 33

One of gaming’s most influential personalities John “Totalbiscuit” Bain has died.

Bain’s wife Genna Bain announced his death on Twitter. “Rest in peace my love” she wrote, with a poem attached to the tweet. Totalbiscuit passed away at the age of 33.


Totalbiscuit had been battling cancer since 2014, when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The cancer went into remission in 2015 but later spread out to his liver and spine. In April he announced on his official subreddit

that normal chemotherapy was no longer working anymore which forced him to retire from gaming critique. He stated that his liver was failing and he could only focus on pain management as best as he could. Despite retiring as a gaming critic he still made variety videos and live streamed until his passing.

In the update he also shared that he knew he did not have a lot of time left but wanted his wife, Genna, to continue his business after he passed away. He said “Not only would I be ok with Genna taking over my channels and assets once I’m gone, I’d be delighted if she did” he goes on to say “I fully expect The Co-optional Podcast to go on and I love the thought that once I’m gone, the channels will go on in my absence, hosted by the person who knows me best and has been with me for the better part of my adult life.”

Totalbiscuit on H3 podcast

Totalbiscuit started making gaming content back in 2005, when he hosted a popular World of Warcraft radio station that received acknowledgement from Blizzard. After his work for the radio station he started his CynicalBrit channel on YouTube for which he made a lot of variety content. His most popular series on YouTube was his WTF is…..? series, which was a series on first impressions of video games as well as a way for him to showcase lesser known games. Many games owe a lot of their popularity because of him and he has been described as the king of indie games.

In his final health update he said “It’s been a privilege, thank you all for letting me into your life and do something so important as to have an impact on how you spend your hard-earned money. ”


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