YouTube Star Ben Potter Dead at 40 After 'Unfortunate Accident,' Says Wife

The internet personality, known as Comicstorian, died on June 8, his wife Nathalie confirmed in a social media post

<p>Mike Coppola/Getty </p> Ben Potter in New York City on May 20, 2022

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Ben Potter in New York City on May 20, 2022

YouTube star Ben Potter has died at age 40.

The internet personality, known as Comicstorian — who has over three million subscribers on the video-sharing platform — died on June 8, 2024 "in an unfortunate accident," his wife Nathalie confirmed in a message shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Ben created audio dramas of comic books on his Comicstorian account, regularly discussing the Marvel and DC Universes.

"To many of you, he was Comicstorian, voicing stories from across multiple different mediums. To his loved ones, he was one of the best and most supportive individuals anyone could ask for," Nathalie shared without providing details of the accident.

"As a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, or even just a stranger, Ben was loving and genuine. He was someone who would listen and make time for his loved ones. He would do his best to make everyone laugh and make sure they were okay. He was our rock and he'd reassure his loved ones whenever they needed it," she added.

Nathalie said her husband "was my world," adding: "I need time to be with friends and family. I have so many things I need to figure out but firstly, I need to grieve. I ask that you respect my privacy as well as everyone else's. Right now my priority is preserving everything he's built and I don't have any plans beyond that."

"His channel was one of his greatest accomplishments, and while we all need our time to mourn him, I know he wouldn't want it to end like this," she continued.

<p>Mike Coppola/Getty</p> Comicstorian, Ben Potter, in New York City in 2022

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Comicstorian, Ben Potter, in New York City in 2022


While referencing Ben's YouTube presence, Nathalie continued that he "spent over 10 years spreading his love and appreciation for his hobbies. It was through his love of exciting stories and well-written characters that got him started on YouTube."

"The team and I want to keep that going. To honor him by continuing to tell great stories by great people, as well as to keep the memory of our very own superhero alive," Nathalie concluded. "We supported each other on everything we wanted to do and I'm not about to stop now."

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<p>Mike Coppola/Getty </p> Ben Potter in New York City on May 20, 2022

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Ben Potter in New York City on May 20, 2022

Ben, who posted almost 4,000 YouTube videos, shared his last upload — titled Why DC's Reboots Beat Marvel — just a day before his death.

O’Shea Jackson Jr., the son of Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff, was among those paying tribute. "I am still taking my break from Twitter for personal reasons. But with the news I just got I have to come back say something," he wrote on X. "Rest in Peace to Comicstorian. I’m heartbroken to hear this news. One of my favorite follows on YouTube, thank you so much for your work man I was a huge fan."

"Prayers to his loved ones. Long live Ben Potter," Jackson Jr. concluded. "Yall be good. Hold your loved ones tight. I’ll see yall soon I hope."

Comic book author Scott Snyder added on X, "Completely Stunned and deeply saddened to hear this. Benny’s love for comics was infectious and amazing to be around. My sincere condolences to his family."

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