It's always a bummer when your favorite personality decides to hang up the proverbial gloves for good. When I heard that Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman were retiring from acting, I moped around my backyard like this. Maybe it was because I had seen them in movies for all of my life, but we're talking about Hollywood legends who've crushed it for decades. How did you expect me to react?
E-celebrities tend to have a shorter shelf life, it seems, like what happened with YouTuber CoryxKenshin.
So, what did happen to CoryxKenshin anyway? We've got the latest update.
What happened to CoryxKenshin?
If you're unfamiliar, CoryxKenshin is a popular YouTuber who is adoringly referred to by his fans as "THE SHOGUN HIMSELF." His uniquely ebullient personality and ability to not take himself too seriously endeared him to his viewers and he successfully built a large following over several years.
His real name is Corey DeVante Williams and he's based out of Farmington Hills, Mich. Cory first joined YouTube on April 26, 2009. And comparing his early videos to some of his more recent clips show a world of difference in his production and presentation skills — which could help explain how he was able to secure such a big fanbase.
As of this writing, Cory has 16.9 million subscribers on YouTube, and many believe that that number would be much greater had he uploaded/presented with as much consistency as other e-personalities. He's taken no fewer than 11 hiatuses from the platform. At one point, he didn't post any new videos for two years. His other hiatuses ranged from just a few days to several months.
Cory was very vocal about his personal struggles in consistently uploading intriguing content and mentally laboring over ways to cleverly present his clips. He stated in 2020 that he wished his life had amounted to more than just being a YouTuber (albeit a successful one who earned a great living having fun, playing video games, and connecting with his fans).
CoryxKenshin retired from YouTube after reaching 10 million followers — and then came back.
Getting a large subscriber count on the platform is tough, especially because it's such a saturated virtual market, however, Cory announced that he would be taking an indefinite retirement from YouTube after reaching a 10 million follower count. Many of his fans thought that this was yet another temporary step away from uploading for Cory, and they were right.
The uploader was quite vocal about his attempts at graduating from college, and perhaps taking some time away from the platform allowed him to focus on that and other endeavors. But shortly after announcing his retirement from YouTube, Cory returned and ran up his follower count. He also secured a big bag (and we mean big!). Believe it or not, CoryxKenshin's net worth is estimated to be around $20 million as of July 2023.
Did CoryxKenshin die?
After making yet another epic comeback to YouTube, fans grew rather concerned after rumors of CoryxKenshin's death began to surface. Did Cory die? Thankfully, it appears CoryxKenshin has become yet another victim of an internet death hoax. Abby Lee Miller and Jeremy Renner were two others who got swept up into the dark rumors swirling the internet in 2023.
Since there has been no official announcement suggesting Cory has passed on, we are led to believe he is out there living his life.
Because of the lack of confirmation, however, some of CoryxKenshin's fans believe he might actually be dead. In the comments section of his most recent Instagram post (which was uploaded in June 2023), some attempted to confirm the YouTuber's death. Others pleaded and begged for the news to be false. Hopefully, Cory provides his fans with an update soon to put their minds at ease.