YouTuber Ben Potter dies at age 40 after ‘unfortunate accident’

Published: 10:30 a.m. PDT, June 11, 2024

Ben Potter, the YouTube personality known as The Comicstorian, has diedHe was 40.

According to his wife Natalie Potter, who shared the news on X (formerly Twitter), Ben died on June 8 as a result of an “unfortunate accident.”

“Two days ago, on June 8th, my husband Ben Potter passed away in an unfortunate accident,” the message began. “To many of you, he was a comic storyteller who told stories from a variety of mediums. To his loved ones, he was one of the best and most supportive people anyone could ask for. As a husband, son, brother, friend, or even just a stranger, Ben was loving and genuine. He was someone who listened and made time for his loved ones. He did his best to make everyone laugh and make sure they were OK. He was our rock, reassuring his loved ones whenever they needed it.”

Ben Potter’s death was confirmed by his wife Natalie.Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Youtube Shorts

The statement continued: “He was my everything and I need time for friends and family. I have so many things to sort out, but first I need to grieve. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of everyone else. Right now, my priority is to preserve everything he built and I have no further plans.”

Natalie continued her message by sharing that she and Ben’s team would find a way to keep his legacy alive.

“His channel was one of his greatest achievements and while we all need our time to mourn his passing, I know he doesn’t want it to end like this,” she wrote. “Ben spent over 10 years spreading his love and appreciation for his hobbies. His love of engaging stories and well-written characters is what got him started on YouTube. The team and I want to keep that going. To honor him by continuing to tell great stories of great people and keep the memory of our very own superhero alive. We supported each other in everything we wanted to do and I’m not going to stop now. – Nathalie Potter.”

No further details about his death have been released so far.

Ben was remembered by his Comicstorian co-host Hassan Khadair in a post on X.

“There are no words that can truly describe how devastating this loss is. Ben was my favorite YouTuber, my messiest colleague, my mentor, and one of the best friends I’ve ever had. I will carry @Comicstorian with me forever,” he wrote alongside a series of pictures of him and his late friend.

DC Studios CEO and filmmaker James Gunn also commented on the loss in threads. Hassan shared the interaction, noting, “Benny would have had a blast hearing James Gunn talk about him.”

When asked by a fan if he had heard the news of Ben’s death, James wrote: “I just heard. I am so sorry to hear this. My sincere heart goes out to his family and friends.”

His fans in the comic community also recognized Ben through tributes on social media and in the comments on his YouTube videos.

Ben’s Comicstorian YouTube account – where he frequently reviewed Marvel and DC comics – has over 3.01 million subscribers and each of his videos has received thousands of likes. The last upload was three days before his death, a video titled Why DC’s reboots beat Marvel.