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YouTube star dies after ‘unfortunate accident’: Ben Potter was 40 years old

Potter discussed comic books and superhero movies on his Comicstorian account, which his wife vowed to continue “to keep the memory of our own superhero alive.”

YouTube star Ben Potter, better known as Comicstorian to his over 3 million subscribers, has died. The Internet personality died on Saturday, June 8 “in an unfortunate accident,” his wife Nathalie confirmed in a message shared on X (formerly Twitter). Potter was 40 years old.

“For many of you, he was a comic book artist, telling stories through many different media. To his loved ones, he was one of the best and most supportive people you could ask for,” Nathalie wrote. “To his loved ones, he was one of the best and most supportive people you could ask for. As a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, and even just a stranger, Ben was loving and sincere. He was someone who would listen and make time for his loved ones. He would do anything in his power to make everyone laugh and make sure they were okay. He was our rock and calmed his loved ones when they needed it.

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Potter rose to fame on the Internet thanks to his Comicstorian account, where he created radio plays based on comic books and regularly discussed the Marvel and DC universes. His account had over 3 million subscribers, and he uploaded Potter’s last video, “Why DC’s Reboots Beat Marvel,” on Friday, June 7, just a day before his death. In total, Potter has posted nearly 4,000 videos on YouTube, with his wife noting that “his channel was one of his greatest achievements, and while we all need time to mourn him, I know he wouldn’t want it to end like this.”

“Ben has spent over 10 years spreading his love and appreciation for his hobby. It was his love for exciting stories and well-written characters that got him started on YouTube,” she said. “Me and the team want to continue this. To honor him by continuing to tell great stories by great people, and to keep the memory of our very own superhero alive.”

Amid news of his death, comic book writer Scott Snyder paid a touching tribute to Potter, writing: “Completely stunned and deeply saddened by this news. Benny’s love of comics was contagious and amazing to be around. My sincere condolences to his family.”

Straight from Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr., son of Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff, added: “Rest in Peace Comicstorian. My heart breaks to hear this news. One of my favorite YouTube followers. Thank you so much for your work man, I was a huge fan. I pray to his loved ones. Long live Ben Potter.”

In her emotional post, Nathalie called Potter her “world” and added: “I need time to be with my friends and family. I have so many things to deal with, but first I need to grieve.” She asked for privacy, stating that “my priority at this time is to preserve everything he has built, and I have no further plans.”