Brian Barczyk, September 1969-January 2024Brian Barczyk. Photo via The Reptarium

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Brian Barczyk, September 1969-January 2024

Barczyk was one of the first in the reptile community to embrace video logs.

Barczyk was initially known for his ball python morphs and helped lay the groundwork for this species and their popularity amongst reptile keepers.

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Brian Barczyk, one of the most well known public figures in the reptile community, has died. He was 54. Barczyk was initially known for his ball python morphs and helped lay the groundwork for this species and their popularity amongst reptile keepers. Barczyk was one of the first in the reptile community to embrace video logs (Vlogs) and YouTube, where his channel has more than 5.27 million subscribers. Barczyk announced in March 2023 that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and documented his fight with this cancer on his channel.

“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 team wrote in a news release announcing Brian’s passing.

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“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.”

The public is invited to a Public Memorial Walk through on January 17, 2024, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Church, 44625 Schoenherr Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48313.

In lieu of flowers, you can show your support by visiting https://thereptarium.com/pages/brianbarczyk.