The video game world has experienced a tremendous loss, as John "Total Biscuit" Bain passed away on Thursday. Bain had been suffering from a form of bowel cancer since 2014. While Bain's cancer was briefly in remission, the disease struck again and spread through his body.
Bain's wife, Genna, posted about her husband's passing on Twitter:
Bain officially announced his retirement in late April on Reddit, revealing that his cancer had become resistant to all forms of chemotherapy. Bain spent the past month away from gaming criticism and enjoyed his final days with his wife in relative privacy. However, he remained as the host of the Co-Optional Podcast, which just released an episode earlier today.
Bain was an ardent critic of not only video games, but of video game media in general. He encouraged each and every one of us in this business to aim higher and to do better. He was a friend to many colleagues, but even as their friend, Bain was never afraid to tell the truth and never minced words. Above all else, he was about honesty, no matter how blunt.
We here at Shacknews give our deepest condolences to Genna Bain and the rest of John's family. And we salute our fallen brethren, who brought joy into many people's lives through the same thing that brings us all together: A love of video games.