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YouTube personality John “Totalbiscuit” Bain is retiring as a game critic, he said today, citing his failing health and telling fans that he believes he will die soon.

“When I went into hospital a week or so ago, it was accompanied by the news that conventional chemotherapy’s effectiveness had been exhausted,” Bain wrote in a lengthy Reddit post on r/Cynicalbrit, the subreddit devoted to him and his fans. He added that doctors told him his liver was failing, and that he is “currently coming to terms with the fact that I don’t have long left.”

“That will most likely be my last health update, unless some miracle happens or we do indeed find a trial that can do something despite the damage to my liver,” Bain wrote. “I’d ask people not to speculate about how long I might have left. I’ve deliberately left out some details to try and reduce the behavior, though it might very well have the opposite effect. All I do know is that kind of thing is upsetting to some of my viewers that read it and I’d rather not encourage it. I’ve already exceeded the ‘usual’ lifespan of someone with my condition so whatever numbers people come up with are just that.”

Bain said he would continue making YouTube videos and Twitch streams, transitioning from criticism to co-op gameplay with his wife, Genna Bain, adding that he hopes she takes over his video presence when he dies.

“I fully expect The Co-optional Podcast to go on and I love the thought that once I’m gone, the channels will go on in my absence, hosted by the person who knows me best and has been with me for the better part of my adult life,” he said.

Bain, who is 33, built a career on YouTube by playing, critiquing, and announcing over games like World of Warcraft and StarCraft. He has developed a reputation for outspoken, critical stances on a number of game-industry-related issues, oftentimes courting controversy in the process. In late 2015, he started a Steam group called The Framerate Police with the goal of informing PC gamers when games could not run at higher than 30 frames-per-second. When members of the group flooded the Steam page of a game whose developers chose to hide The Framerate Police’s listing, Bain had to warn his fans against harassment.

In 2014, Bain announced that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Although the cancer later entered remission, it re-emerged last year and has spread to his liver and spine. “It’s been a privilege,” wrote Bain, “thank you all for letting me into your life and do something so important as to have an impact on how you spend your hard-earned money.

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Official reddit post:

He did everything he could to fight it. This situation sucks.
I hope he gets to enjoy his time with his family as best as possible and is on good pain management.

Dodger just had her first child and Johns health is finally failing, all within the span of a week.

Sad news, he has fought hard but sometimes cancer is just a battle you cannot win I will miss seeing him on the co-optional podcast once he passes, but I'm glad he'll keep doing it for now.

It's been around five years since I was into his content, but this is very sad.

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From the way he frames it, it really sounds like he has a very short amount of time left.

Not a regular viewer of his content, but I always liked the WTF is series.

Even when he was initially diagnosed about a year or so ago, I was still surprised to still see him devoted to continuing to make more content, but at the end of the day, time is finite.

It will be sad and kinda surreal to see him go.

That's terrible news for him. I can't imagine the dread of knowing your days are numbered. I hope he can go out without regrets and in the best possible state of mind. Can't have been easy to be fighting this thing for the better part of 4 years now. Or hopefully he can find a way to keep going for as long as he's willing to fight it.

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You never would expect something like that to happen for anybody, always sound so surreal when it is said like that ...

I still would wish a miracle for him, since my father lived through the same pain but actually survived.

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I don't watch his content much, but i've always known his channel and such and this is a very sad situation all around, it's always awful to hear about stuff like this happening. 

I wish him the best of luck and hope he can enjoy the rest of the time he has.