Brian Barczyk also owned a zoo based in Michigan called The Repatrium (Picture: Facebook)
YouTuber and reptile influencer Brian Barczyk has died aged 54 after being diagnosed with cancer.
The social media star’s team announced his death on his official Instagram page today (Monday January 15) and paid tribute to the ‘visionary, mentor, and friend.’
The statement read: ‘On behalf of the Barczyk family and our entire team at The Reptarium, it is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Brian Barczyk.
‘More than the guiding light of our organization, Brian’s fervent passion for reptiles and wildlife, along with his steadfast dedication to education, has touched innumerable hearts and minds globally.
Our deepest sympathies are with Brian’s family, his friends, and all those whose lives he has touched. We’ve lost an exceptional individual – a visionary, mentor, and friend. For those of us who had the privilege of working alongside him, Brian’s absence leaves an immeasurable void.
‘As we navigate this difficult time, we find comfort in the memories and the lasting light of Brian’s work. He will be deeply missed but indeed, never forgotten.’
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He was remembered as a ‘visionary, mentor, and friend.’