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Brian Barczyk dead at 54



Brian Barczyk, well-known for his reptile videos, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 54.

Brian Barczyk, a dedicated reptile enthusiast, YouTuber, and the founder of Reptarium Reptile Zoo and Legasea Aquarium, gained recognition as a star on the Discovery Channel’s TV series, Venom Hunters.

Renowned for having the third-largest collection of snakes globally, exceeding 30,000 snakes, Brian was actively involved in venom milking.

In March 2023, Barczyk received a diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic cancer. Despite his declining health, he persevered in his efforts to complete the construction of an enlarged facility for his reptile zoo and aquarium.

As stated on his Facebook page, the Barczyk family and the entire team at The Reptarium express deep sadness as they announce the passing of their 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.

The Barczyk family invites you to join us for a Public Memorial Walk-through to honor Brian’s memory. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at Heritage Church, located at 44625 Schoenherr Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48313 from 1-3pm.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.