YouTube Star Ben Potter's Cause of Death Revealed

The Colorado State Patrol released a statement detailing the death of Ben Potter on Tuesday.

The cause of death for popular YouTube star Ben Potter, known to his fans as Comicstorian and who died in an "unfortunate accident" over the weekend, has been revealed.

The 40-year-old tragically died in a single-vehicle car crash on Saturday, ET can confirm. The internet star had amassed over three million subscribers on the video-sharing platform.

The Colorado State Patrol released a statement detailing the incident on Tuesday. The crash occurred at 9:19 a.m. local time on I-25 near Fort Collins.

"The Windsor resident was southbound on I-25 at milepost 267.5 when his silver Toyota 4Runner traveled off the right shoulder of the interstate. He continued to cross over the frontage road paralleling the interstate before rolling his vehicle multiple times," the release stated.

Potter, who was wearing his seatbelt, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He was the vehicle's sole occupant, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. While the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, authorities have indicated that impairment and excessive speed do not appear to be factors at this time.

In a heartfelt message shared on X (formerly Twitter), Potter’s wife, Nathalie, described the incident as an "unfortunate accident." 

"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," she wrote. "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."

The statement continued, "He was my world and 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."

Nathalie concluded her message by sharing that she and Ben's team were going to figure out a way to keep his legacy alive.


"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 wrote. "Ben 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. We supported each other on everything we wanted to do and I'm not about to stop now. - Nathalie Potter."

Potter was remembered by his Comicstorian co-host, Hassan Khadair, in a post on X.

"There are no words that can truly describe how devastating this loss is. Ben was my favorite YouTuber, my most chaotic coworker, my mentor, and one of the best friends I have ever had. I will carry  @Comicstorian with me forever," he wrote alongside a series of pictures of him and his late friend. 


CEO of DC Studios and filmmaker James Gunn took to threads to also mark the loss. The interaction was shared by Hassan, noting that "Benny would have gotten such a kick out of seeing James Gunn talk about him." 

After a fan asked if he had heard the news about Ben's death, Gunn wrote, "I just did. I'm so sorry to hear that. My heart goes out to his family and friends." 

Potter was also remembered by his fans in the comic book community through tributes on social media and in the comments of his YouTube videos. 

Potter's Comicstorian YouTube account -- where he frequently discussed comic books from Marvel and DC -- has over 3.01 million subscribers and each of his videos amassed thousands of likes. The last upload was three days before his death, a video titled Why DC's Reboots Beat Marvel.