YouTube personality and game critic John Bain aka Total Biscuit has passed away at the age of 33 after losing his battle with cancer. Brian’s wife posted on her Twitter account her mourning words “Rest in Peace my Dearest Love”, with some heavy words attached in a picture below. Bain was initially diagnosed with bowel Cancer back in 2014 and announced publicly his terminal condition in 2015.
Bain’s wife was responsible to announce his passing away via Twitter.
Total Biscuit’s Cancer fight lasted almost 4 years until it spread into his liver and spine. In spite of this, Bain continued to post his content online on his YouTube channel, The Co-Optional Podcast, until he recently quit game criticism at the start of the month of May.
— Genna Bain (@GennaBain) May 24, 2018
Why TotalBiscuit became an icon in the gaming scene
Bain’s popularity began to grow due to his bold and cunning personal statements, as well as professional criticism rather than a typical amateur YouTube critic foaming at the mouth. For instance, his most popular reviews were those of World of Warcraft, Planetside 2 and Starcraft 2, which earned him 2.2 million subscribers and the title of one of the top steam curators.
He announced his retirement based on the reason that he desired to spend his remaining time with his family and the intention to eventually stream with his wife in the hopes that she would take good care of the channel. “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,” he said.
He added to this goodbye “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.” This earned him many emotional reactions, even among those who didn’t really even like the content created by Bain, but nonetheless paid their respects to the game critic.
Twitch.tv, the video service where Total Biscuit live streamed his game sessions, thanked the Biscuit for his “critiques and humor” and his contribution to the gaming industry. Also, he was praised by the indie gaming scene, as he helped many indie titles to rise in their notoriety level by providing the audience with gameplay and adding them to several recommendation lists.