YouTube star Ben Potter, known as a comic storyteller, dies at the age of 40 after ‘unfortunate accident’

YouTube star Ben Potter, known as a comic storyteller, has died at the age of 40 as a result of what his wife Nathalie Potter described as an “unfortunate accident”.

She announced the news of the American comic content creator’s death on X, formerly Twitter.

In a touching statement, she wrote: “On June 8th my husband Ben Potter passed away in a unfortunate accident.

“For many of you, he was a comics storyteller who told stories from many different media.

“To those he loved, he was one of the best and most supportive people anyone could wish for. Whether husband, son, brother, friend or just a stranger, Ben was loving and genuine.

Mrs Potter continued: “He was our rock” and “my world.”

She asked for privacy during this tragic time, adding: “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 as well as everyone else’s. Right now, my priority is to preserve everything he has built and I have no further plans.”

There were further touching tributes for the YouTube star – including statements from colleagues with whom Mrs. Potter wanted to continue working on her late husband’s channel.

She said his channel was one of his greatest achievements and “the team and I want to keep that going. Honor him by continuing to tell great stories about great people and keep the memory of our own superhero alive.”

Former colleague and influencer Hassan Khadair said 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.”

Meanwhile, American rapper, actor and son of Ice Cube O’Shea Jackson Jr wrote: “I’m still taking a break from Twitter for personal reasons. But after the news I just got, I have to come back and say something. Rest in peace Comicstorian. Heartbreaking to hear this news. One of my favorite followers on YouTube, thank you for your work man I was a huge fan. Prayers for his loved ones. Long live Ben Potter. Be good everyone. Hold your loved ones tight. Hope to see you soon.”

Online users also expressed their condolences. One said: “I am deeply saddened to hear this. Rest in peace, Ben.”

Another said he was “such a legend and has given me so many stories.”

Over the course of his ten-year career on YouTube, Ben had built a fan base of three million subscribers.

On the social media platform, he created radio plays based on comic books and discussed the worlds of Marvel and DC.

So far, almost four thousand videos have been published on his channel.