What Happened To Brian Barczyk? Death, Illness, Wife And Son

Brian Barczyk Died Of Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer

Brian Barczyk, an American reptile vlogger, died of cancer on January 15, 2024, 10 days after entering hospice care. He was 54 at the time of his death.

A  reptile enthusiast and YouTuber, Barczyk got wide recognition from the Discovery series Venom Hunters (2016). 

It would earn him a hefty social media fan-following; he had over 1.6 million followers on Instagram, while his YouTube subscribers were more than 5.27 million.

Brian is survived by his wife, Lori, and two kids. Get more on Barczky’s cause of death, his relationship, and his net worth.

Brian Barczyk Died At 54: Obituary And Illness

The Venom Hunters host/star Brian Barczyk died on January 15, 2024, after battling with pancreatic cancer. Born on September 6, 1969, the late YouTuber and reptilian influencer was 54 at the time of demise.

His zoo The Reptarium’s Instagram page broke the news of his death with a heartfelt post, “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.”

The saddening news came a few days after he shared a 16-minute-long emotional goodbye video on January 5, 2024, stating he would be entering hospice care.

In the video titled, ‘This Is Goodbye…’, he said, “I appreciate you guys so much, it’s been an amazing journey… each one of you has changed my life like you can’t believe.”

Brian Barczyk died after a battle with pancreatic cancer
Brian Barczyk died in January 2024, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer

Brian was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer on February 27, 2023. It was at Stage Two which quickly became Stage Four, which he confirmed to WXYZ.com in November 2023.

From March of that year, until he entered hospice care, Barczyk documented his health journey and the status of his illness on his vlogs.

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Who Is Brian Barczyk’s Wife? Relationship Details

The late American reptile enthusiast and YouTuber is survived by his wife, Lori Barczyk, and their two kids: a son Noah, and a daughter Jude.

Brian and Lori married in 1992 and remained together for three decades until the former’s demise. They celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on October 24, 2021, as Mrs. Barczyk took to Instagram and wrote, “Happy 29th Anniversary to my partner in crime @snakebytestv.”

In October 2017, during their 25th anniversary, she shared a throwback picture of them in their wedding dress.

Wedding picture throwback of Brian and his wife, Lori Barczyk
Wedding picture throwback of Brian and his wife, Lori Barczyk | Source: Instagram

As reported, the two met while studying at the University of Michigan. Barczyk’s wife, Lori, also has an active interest in reptiles.

She currently serves as the CEO of her late husband-founded zoo, TheReptarium. Born on July 15, 1971, Lori is 52 years old as of 2024.

She is active on Instagram under the handle @loribarczyk with more than 39.5K followers.

Barczyk Was The Father Of Two Children And Grandchildren

Brian’s eldest of two kids, daughter Jade, was born on May 2, 1991, which makes her 33 now. She is married and goes by the last name ‘Albrecht.’

With her husband, Michael Paul Albrecht, she is the mother of two sons, Nathan James (b. December 23, 2021), and Benjamin Thomas (b. July 2, 2023).

Jade and Michael married in November 2017. According to her Instagram post of November 2020, it marked their nine years of togetherness- meaning they began dating in 2011 and married after six years of relationship.

Currently, she works as an account manager at Enterprise Fleet Management.

Barczyk with his wife, Lori, children (Noah & Jude), son-in-law Michael and grandson Nathan
Barczyk with his wife, Lori, children (Noah & Jude), son-in-law Michael and grandson Nathan | Source: Facebook

On the other, like him, Brian Barczyk’s son, Noah (b. November 6, 1999) is a passionate animal lover and YouTuber.

He has more than 37K followers on his Instagram and over 197K subscribers on his YouTube channel BadChoiceNoah.

After his dad’s death, Noah carries the torch of his legacy and has already appeared with his dad in several vlogs.

He and his girlfriend-turned-fiancee Gabby Sosebee, got engaged in March 2023. The duo is set to welcome a baby boy due in February 2024. Earlier, in September 2023, they announced their pregnancy and did a gender reveal later that month.

Brian Barczyk’s Net Worth

At the time of his death in January 2024, Barczyk had an estimated net worth of $4 million.

Fascinated with animals from a young age, Brian began his YouTube vlogging in 2011. It earned him TV appearances on SnakeBytesTV, and later in Venom Hunters by the Discovery Channel in 2016.

Moreover, he founded the Reptarium Reptile Zoo and posthumously the LegaSea Aquarium.

According to online sources, his eponymous YouTube channel generates an annual revenue of $177.1K – $2.8 million.


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