This morning we heard that TotalBiscuit – a big name in the gaming community/games journalism – died of cancer. He was someone we followed on YouTube etc, and who’s work we enjoyed. He’d been fighting bowel cancer for several years, had announced at the beginning of this month he was retiring due to his worsening health (chemo had stopped working and his liver was failing), and then shortly after I got to work today my husband sent me a message saying that TB has passed away.
It’s odd how much we feel affected by this. Of course it’s nothing compared to what his friends and family are feeling, but many fans are grieving his loss. There’s something different compared to “regular” famous people, in that these YouTubers are in a sense directly interacting with the fans. Even if you never meet them, the videos make it feel like they are talking directly to you. There’s a sense of connection, which certainly leaves a sense of loss and grief in the wake of this news.
I don’t really know what to say… I don’t think many of the people who read this are the same people who are a part of the gaming community, so it’s quite hard to explain the impact of this loss. There’s a lot of news articles and reactions from other people in the industry that can probably explain far better than me. It wouldn’t surprise me if some people read this and think it’s weird/crazy/stupid/ridiculous that we’re so affected by this.
I am saddened by the news, and my thoughts are with his friends and family. I cannot begin to imagine the depth of pain that his wife, Genna must be feeling at this time. It’s such a horrible situation.
If you’ll excuse the language – fuck cancer.
PS, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Genna and their son at this difficult time. Perhaps you’d consider donating.