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Tragic Details About Jacksepticeye

Jacksepticeye, also known as Sean McLoughlin, stands among content-creating titans like Pewdiepie as one of the first creators that rose to fame before streaming even became a thing. His YouTube channel, where he started his career, currently boasts over 27 million subscribers.

The Irish YouTuber has a long list of accomplishments and has worked on a variety of projects. Longtime fans know Jacksepticeye for his vlogs, comic series, and Let's Play videos that entertain millions of viewers. He mingles with other big-time content creators like Markiplier, Pewdiepie, and Corpse Husband. He has a name in philanthropy thanks to his charity streams like Thankmas, which raised over $4.7 million dollars. Most recently, he landed a role in the video game-themed movie, "Free Guy."

However, his fame didn't come without a price. The poor guy's gone through some trouble when it comes to both his physical and mental health, including having to fight off irrational hate from strangers. In fact, he admitted that he once wanted to quit being a content creator. Here are just a few tragic details about Jacksepticeye.

He takes content breaks because of burnout

Jacksepticeye takes breaks from content creation during episodes of burnout or grief. There's no harm in taking a break, but Jack admitted that he sometimes pushed himself too hard during his career in order to avoid lapses in content. He spoke out about burnout in 2018 when he took his first break.

"My mental health has not been in the best place recently. So the reason I've been taking more time off is because I have to," he told his viewers in a nearly 12-minute clip. "I need to take the time off to get my brain back in order, to just get that energy and that motivation back, to record the videos." So he took about a week-long break to recover. 

Jack later collaborated with licensed therapist and YouTuber Kati Morton to discuss mental health in a video series. He discovered Kati through one of her videos about burnout, and the two decided to discuss the unique exhaustion content creators can experience from the pressure to constantly engage online for work. In one of the videos, he explains to his viewers that "you don't have to be broken to do therapy" and that he now realizes the importance of implementing self-care to keep himself grounded. 

His relationship with Pewdiepie sometimes lands him in hot water

Jack and Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg go way back to when he first started his channel. In fact, he credits Pewdiepie for some of his fame in an interview with Metro.co.uk because of how the YouTube star gave him a shoutout on his channel in his early days. However, his friend's shady side sometimes causes secondhand trouble for him.

Pewdiepie caused a number of controversies because of his tendency to go too far with his "jokes." Jack broke his silence on these controversies in an exclusive with Metro.co.uk, where he said that they also personally affected him. However, despite the flak he might receive for associating with Pewdiepie, he seems content on staying friends and defending him when needed.

​​"He's a lot more down to earth than people seem to think he is," Jack told Metro.co.uk. "And he doesn't give off the vibe that he's the number one channel on YouTube at all, he always has a lot of time for people to just hang out and have fun."

He experiences chronic health issues

As if 2020 wasn't bad enough already, Jack suffered even more because of his chronic illnesses and other health issues. It had nothing to do with the pandemic, although it did coincide with the global crisis and put him in a category of high-risk individuals because of his history with asthma.

"I haven't had Asthma since I was 18, but it's back in full swing," he said on stream. "I've had lung issues this year, I've had digestive issues this year, I've had a lot of physical issues this year that have completely drained all of my energy."

One viewer suggested that it could be just his age, but the 30-year-old YouTuber said it was more than just "getting old." He recounted how he sometimes wakes up without much energy to do anything. Even worse, his poor physical health also affects his mental health. Luckily, Jack has been open and aware of his struggles, encouraging others to seek support and destigmatizing prioritizing health.

Internet trolls turned his dad's death into a meme

Jack announced that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus in January 2020 after the death of his father. He posted the sad reason for his break on Twitter, where many of his fans responded with their support.

"My father passed away today. I won't be doing anything for a while. Please respect me and my family's privacy during this time," he wrote in his post.

However, others thought it would be funny to tell jokes about his dad's death like "Jack's dad was not the Impostor," referencing "Among Us." Sportskeeda reported that one particular person created a now-deleted video about how Jack's dad "deserved it" and said that he was now "burning in hell." His dad's death became such a joke on the internet that Jack felt the need to address the haters in a Tiktok video.

"To any of you who posted memes about it and posted negative stuff about it, you are absolute scum and I f****** hate you, because you made something that was so hard so much harder to go through," he said in the video.

These harsh words shocked even his fans, who know him for his typically much more kind personality. However, he also took the time to thank his supporters for having his back throughout the debacle at the end of the video.