The death of popular YouTuber and game critic John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain sent shockwaves across the internet when it was announced on Friday, May 24th.
Total Biscuit, who was 33 at the time of his death, had been struggling with bowel cancer, which he was first diagnosed with back in 2014.
His illness had been confirmed as terminal in October 2015 but his death still came as a shock to people across the globe who had followed his work.
Earlier in May, he had released a statement to say that his intensive treatments were no longer working and as a result, he’d be retiring and no longer working.
Unfortunately it was announced just later that month that he had passed away, with his wife writing a poem on both his and her Twitter accounts to explain the situation.
As a controversial personality within the gaming and esports scene, he didn’t hold back with his opinion, however upon learning of his death, even some of his fiercest critics posted touching tributes across social media.
Friends, foes, former co-workers and those who just simply admired his work all paid tribute to the work he did within the gaming scene, and many looked back fondly on their time together.
We’ve rounded up a collection of tributes posted on Twitter following the announcement of his death.
Esports journalist Richard Lewis
Absolutely devastated about John's passing. We just spoke last month. I never for a second truly believed this would happen. This will take some time. My thoughts are with his family.
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) May 25, 2018
Team Liquid’s official account
Everyone at Team Liquid is devastated after hearing the news that John "Total Biscuit" Bain has passed away.
He has been a valuable contributor in all forms of the online gaming community in his life and he will be deeply missed.
Thoughts are with his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/5WTbTJ6k9e
— TLnet (@TLnet) May 25, 2018
Commentator Shaun ‘Apollo’ Clark
So many thoughts, in 2010/2011 times. I couldn't get paid by tournament organizers to cast, Totalbiscuit was casting along side me who was. He found out, instantly saying wtf and shared 50% his earnings until I did. So many things he did.
— Shaun Clark (@ApolloSC2) May 25, 2018
Twitch’s Official Account
John Bain's opinionated game critiques and sense of humor led to him becoming one of the most prominent voices in the gaming industry. The emote bearing his face represents the indelible mark that he has left on Twitch.
Thank you for everything, TotalBiscuit.
— Twitch (@Twitch) May 25, 2018
I’m not ready to face reality in the wake of @Totalbiscuit’s passing. he had brought so much greatness to the world. to us.
i decided to share some fun memories in an attempt to give those grieving a smile.
wish time could slow down today
Rest easy, Biscuit Bear. pic.twitter.com/KiCRYJPfoF
— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) May 24, 2018
Yogscast Host Lewis Brindley
Really sad about @totalbiscuit passing. I always admired his way of cutting through the bullshit – how he was never afraid of anyone or anything. He helped us get started and promoted the first Jingle Jam, and I'll never forget laughing together as we were blown up by ARSE mines.
— Lewis Brindley (@YogscastLewis) May 25, 2018
Commenator Anders Blume
Waking up to the news that totalbiscuit has passed away is so upsetting. As someone who quietly followed his fight with cancer, it was and is incredible how he kept finding the strength. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
— Anders Blume (@OnFireAnders) May 25, 2018
Esports journalist Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields
Our personal relationship was contentious but @Totalbiscuit was a pioneer in many respects and achieved a successful and prodigious career both in esports and outside of it.
Farewell to a modern day gaming icon or iconoclast, depending on where you're sat.
— Thorin (@Thooorin) May 25, 2018
Esports Journalist Slasher
Totalbiscuit was a positive influence in the lives of so many in gaming and esports. TB was there for me when things were at their worst, and this is a story you'll hear repeated by those who knew him best and those who watched him online. The Cynical Brit will forever live on. pic.twitter.com/xmkGmHcOdu
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) May 25, 2018
The Official ESL Account
We lost an integral part of the gaming community yesterday.
— ESL (@ESL) May 25, 2018