Totalbiscuit was a British gamer who made a name for himself as a game critic and a commentator who excelled to be one of the best in the world. As the YouTuber he was, he was able to build for himself a massive followership both on social media and in the mainstream media until his death in 2018. Here is all you need to know about him and how he died.
Totalbiscuit’s Biography & Age
While many fans know the YouTuber as Totalbiscuit, The Cynical Brit or TotalHalibut, he was born John Peter Bain on 8 July 1984 in the United Kingdom, Spennymoor, County Durham. He was brought up alongside a brother and a sister in a very religious family. His father, Stuart Bain, used to be the Archdeacon of Sunderland until 2018, while his mother was Angela Bain.
For his education, he attended the De Montfort University. While there, he worked with the University’s Demon FM as the host of a metal music show. When he was through with his study, he worked with a financial advisory company before he was sacked in 2010 following the Great Depression. Before then, he handled a World of Warcraft Radio from 2005 to 2010. This work with the popular game’s fan radio station was one of the things that would go on to help him later.
Shortly after he was laid off, he started making videos of himself commenting on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on YouTube. Before long, he became known for his videos and that was when it became apparent to him that instead of using it to complement his income, he can make a life out of it.
He kept at it and was able to build a channel that had over 2 million subscribers and close to a billion views. Although he started the channel in 2006, it really kicked off in 2010. At almost the same time, he started yet another channel which was specifically dedicated to Starcraft 2, Clash Royale and Real Time Strategy content. The second channel, TotalBiscuit Starcraft and Strategy soon garnered over 172 thousand subscribers.
With a very blooming channel that was attracting many views, John Bain got the opportunity to partner with Sony Online Entertainment at a certain point in his very interesting career.
Through his career as a gaming commentator and YouTuber, he has won a number of awards including the Fan’s Choice The Game Award for Trending Gamer as well as the Battle Royale. Also, he emerged as a Golden Joystick’s runner-up in 2012 for Greatest YouTube Gamer and gained a nomination for the Shorty Award.
Wife (Bain Genna) and Son
In 2007, Totalbiscuit got married to Genna Bain whom he had met 2 years earlier in California when John Bain came to cover the Blizzcon 2005 event. Soon after they met, the two began dating and by 2007, he decided to move to the States to marry Genna.
Genna Bain had a child from a previous relationship who John adopted and took as his own, refusing to call him his stepson.
Not so much is known about her personal life, but it is known that she is the CEO of Cynical Brit and Axiom eSports. More so, just like her late husband, Genna is also a YouTuber. She started her gaming channel in 2009 and by 2018, it had already grown to have close to 20 million views and also 150,000 subscribers. Before his death, John also transitioned his YouTube channel and his Twitch to his wife, hoping that she continued when he was gone. This means that she is also now taking care of those as well.
Cause Of Death
Late in 2014, John Bain announced that a precancerous mass had been detected in his colon. By 2015, he revealed that the bowel cancer was eliminated only to metastasize to his liver. TotalBiscuit was given two to three years to live. Before then, cancer was not alien to his family as both his grandparents had also suffered from the same.
With the ailment, he kept working and going for chemotherapy until 2018 when he announced that after going to the hospital he was told that the conventional chemotherapy’s effectiveness which he was on had been exhausted.
Genna Bain announced on social media on 24 May 2018 that her Totalbiscuit had gone into a hepatic coma and died.
Height and weight
TotalBiscuit had a good height and body build. He was said to have had a height of 1.7 m. His body weight was, however, not given.