Top 100 Famous YouTubers that died Unexpectedly

Keith Ratliff

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FPSRussia was a channel started in 2010 by Kyle Myers, who in his videos would often play the character of a Russian man named Dmitri. His video showcased Kyle shooting off several different types of often absurd and over-the-top firearms, while speaking in a Russian accent.

The supplier of these weapons was Keith Ratliff, who was the owner of a gun store as well as being Kyle’s good friend and business partner. the two seemed to be doing very well for themselves, accumulating millions of views and subscribers, but all of this would be cut short

On January 6th 2013, when Keith was found dead from a bullet wound in his gun store. his death certainly threw a cog into the works for FPSRussia as the channel went on a brief hiatus until February of that year.

Police continue to investigate the crime, but the identity of kete Ratliff’s killer remains a mystery to this very day.


Steve Cash

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Steve Cash created his channel in November of 2007, with the primary goal of showcasing his musical talent to the world. However, his life would change forever when he made a video entitled: “Wake up kitty!” in which he engaged in a funny back and forth with his feline Sylvester by replacing the sound of her meows with high-pitched voice overs.

The episodes began to bring in more and more views. Soon enough, the entire channel was renamed from STEVECASH83 to Talking Kitty Cat. These videos brought laughter to millions of fans from the first episode in March of 2008, to its unplanned final episode in December of 2019.

On April 16th 2020, Steve tragically took his own life by shooting himself in the chest. While Steve had previously addressed his struggles with mental health, his disposition was so upbeat and cheerful and his content – that many fans were taken aback by the grim news. He survived by his wife, dog, and of course his creative partner Sylvester.


Emily Hartridge

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Emily Hart was an English YouTuber who began her career in 2012 with a series of videos entitled: “10 Reasons Why”. In which she took satirical looks at relatable topics like relationships and mental health.

These videos eventually reached a level of popularity to where Emily was approached by the British channel 4 to be a presenter for their new show ‘Oh S***, I’m 30’ .

Tragically, her life was cut short when she was riding a scooter in London and collided with an oncoming truck.

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Stevie Ryan

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Stevie Ryan was a youtuber known mainly for making sketch comedy and parody videos. Eventually, these videos gained the attention of the network VH1, which in 2010,  gave Stevie her very own sketch comedy show entitled Stevie TV, which lasted for two seasons.

She continued getting occasional work in the entertainment industry until July 1st 2017, when she was found dead in her home in an apparent suicide. This happened shortly after the passing of her grandfather. A loss which she stated on social media was especially devastating.


Talia Castellano

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Talia Castellano was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at the age of 7. After finding out she was sick, she began using makeup as a comforter. Soon she realized it was her passion. At 9 years old, she began filming short makeup tutorials in her bedroom and uploading them to YouTube, which the internet soon fell in love with.

Within months, her channel had achieved millions of views and hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Her popularity was only further boosted when she appeared on The Ellen Show and pulled the heartstrings of watchers across America.

Sadly, Thalia passed away due to her sickness on July 16th 2013, at the age of only 13. her memory lives on with over a hundred and fifty videos uploaded on her account.

William Ma

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William Ma was one of the cofounders of a channel called BeybladeGeeks on which he and his friends Steven and Brendon made videos about the popular toy line.

In 2013, a William passed away after being involved in a car accident on the Queen Elizabeth Highway. The world beyblade organization mourned his loss. William’s friends and family set up a scholarship fund in his name to honor his legacy.

Steven and Brendon continued to upload to BeybladeGeeks to this very day. the channel has since reached over a million subscribers.

Will Norton

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Will Norton was a high school student in Joplin Missouri. He posted lighthearted vlogs and comedy sketches from 2007 to 2011 on his Youtube channel willdabeast88883333 . He amassed nearly 1.5 million views and thousands of subscribers.

On may 22nd of 2011, the now infamous Joplin tornado first struck the city, destroying everything in its path. Will was driving home from his high school graduation when he encountered the catastrophic twister.

Despite his father’s attempt to hold on to his son, he was pulled through the sunroof of the car. Weeks later, his corpse was found in a shallow lake. He was only 18.


Misha TV

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Misha TV was a fashion and beauty channel started in 2009 by Tamisha Ridge. A 31 year old single mother of three. She saw some good success in her time gaining over a hundred and forty thousand subscribers and getting thousands of views per video on a somewhat consistent basis.

Tragically, on May 14 2014 Tamesha was murdered in her sleep in an act of domestic violence by her ex-boyfriend, who soon after turned himself over to police. These days her channel still sees frequent uploads from a third party, presumably family members.

Arlene Cole

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Arlene Cole was a small YouTuber with hardly any subscribers and no consistent upload schedule or channel theme. The reason her death is as well-known, as it is, is because of the controversial circumstances that surrounded it. As she became older, Arlene’s mental state became increasingly fragile. On top of being autistic due to traumatic events from her childhood, she suffered from borderline personality disorder. Her emotional instability was a topic candidly discussed in her videos.

The YouTube personality she was far and away the most infatuated with with Social Repose or as he goes by in real life for Richard. In a video posted by him in May of 2017, entitled: “I might have to move out”, Richard showed a satellite picture of his house.

He joked that his location was so far off and secluded that if anyone could track it down and show up, he would reward them with a congratulatory glass of milk.

Arlene took this quip a bit too literally. She made the long trip from New York to Virginia to meet him, expecting to be warmly received by her favorite content creator. When she finally arrived at his address, it quickly became evident that Richard was entirely uncomfortable with her stunts. After an awkward picture, she was unceremoniously sent on her way.

Following this painful encounter, salt was poured on the wound when Social Repose’s next video addressed the event in detail which made her feel humiliated.

In 2019 Arlene committed suicide. Since her death, many have attributed Social Repose’s cold meeting and subsequent shaming of her as the reason for downward spiral. Others believe it’s a stretch to consider his actions the inciting incident, taking into consideration all the personal demons she had been fighting, as well as the five-month gap between the controversy and her suicide.


Mari Lopez

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Mari Lopez made a path of Liz & Mari, a vlogging channel created by her niece with the purpose of documenting her struggle against breast cancer. The two advocated natural remedies to their thousands of subscribers. Even admitting to disregarding the cancer treatment recommended by Muri’s doctor. After she went into remission, they attributed her newfound vegan lifestyle and faith in God as the reason for her healing.

Unfortunately, this period of wellness didn’t last long. as the cancer had spread to her blood liver and lungs, she died in December of 2017. Liz would go on to claim that Mari’s death occurred because she cheated on her diet by eating microwave to meet.

Perhaps the most upsetting part of this affair still is that according to Liz herself. once Mari realized she would die from the cancer, she personally requested Liz to take down their videos falsely promoting veganism as a legitimate cure. over two years later however and these videos are still up on the channel.