Scott Yakiwchuk was a proud member of the Element Animation team, an incredibly successful animation channel on YouTube with over three million subscribers and nearly 1 billion views to their name.
Most well-known for their animated Minecraft shorts, the small team of artists behind the channel work diligently to produce high quality videos for their viewers.
Scott’s talent as an animator and voice actor was evident in every single project they released. Sadly, Scott passed away on January 30th 2015, after suffering a fatal heart attack. Element Animations would proceed to upload a video after his death, paying tribute to his best moments on the channel.
On April 3rd 2012, Connie Kin co-founded the channel WhatsUpMoms with her best friend Elle Walker. The two made short helpful vlogs about their parenting lifestyle for their thousands of subscribers. Some of their greatest hits were powered by Connie’s ingenuity, such as their mom themed music video parodies.
Things changed however only a year after the channel was started when Connie Kim died from an infection after giving birth to her daughter Elsa. A video posted by Elle entitled: In loving memory of Connie, honored her for her contributions to the channel. as well as her life outside of YouTube.
Since her passing, WhatsUpMoms has grown to become the most subscribed to parenting channel on the sites with more than 3 million subscribers and over 60 million views a month.
Yodas Leia was the internet pseudonym of Brian Rickard, a gaming YouTuber who specialized in Borderlands 2 videos, gaining over 800,000 subscribers over his career.
On the night of October 23rd 2013, Brian and two of his friends were driving home from a party. Allegedly, they had been drinking so much that Brian tried to beat out an oncoming train. Unfortunately, he was not fast enough and he and his passengers were killed in the ensuing crash.
Dillon The Hacker
Dillon The Hacker, otherwise known by his character’s name of Dillon Prescott Henderson or his real name Griffin Claus, was a YouTube personality. He found fame in 2014 by making satirical over-the-top rant videos about bigger youtubers. These videos went after creators like, Smosh, Markiplier, and PewDiePie. He often drew anger from fans of those channels who didn’t get the joke.
During the channels early years, Dillon started a fake war with PewDiePie in which he pretended to hack his channel and steal his girlfriend Marcia.
In 2016 a Dillon’s channel was terminated by YouTube. after a PewDiePie helped him get it back, Dillon decided to publicly end their fictional feud. Dillon was becoming quite the staple of the satirical side of YouTube during this time.
Tragically, on July 28th to 2019, Griffin passed away via suicide, as was confirmed by his friend on Twitter. PewDiePie paid tribute to him in his 2019 YouTube rewind, saluting him for successfully trolling his entire audience back all those years ago.
Jarad Anthony Higgins
Jarad Anthony Higgins otherwise known as Juice WRLD was a rapper who got his start during high school in 2015. He clearly had a passion for rap as he would continue posting new songs to SoundCloud until 2017.
When he was noticed in signed by the label Grade-A productions. This was when his career truly began taking off. As in 2018 he signed to a new label Interscope Records for a whopping 3 million dollars.
It seemed like everyone wanted to work with juice world and that included YouTube. In May of 2019 a minor controversy started when a video was leaked seemingly depicting YouTube CEO offering to artificially promote Juice WRLD on the site.
This controversy didn’t affect the rapper though as pretty much all the ire was directed at YouTube.
Sadly, despite his career continuing to be on the rise, Jared died on December 8th 2019 in Chicago’s Midway International Airport following a drug overdose. As with most big singers Juice World was featured on a few songs after his death most notably Eminem’s popular track, Godzilla.
Ernest “Barry” Elliott
Ernest Barry Elliot’s was a gun enthusiast who often appeared on the Iraqveteran8888 channel. Created in 2008, the channel had since become one of the largest gun channels on all of YouTube.
Barry brought his flair to segments like gun gripes, firearm facts, and five guns. He was beloved by many in the community due to his no-nonsense disposition and signature catchphrase: that’s correct.
In 2014, Barry had a heart attack and died at the age of 59. Two days later, the last episode of gun gripes was posted to the channel entitled: final farewell, which announced his death and ended the series.
They would later revive the segment following outcry from fans, but made clear in their first episode back that Barry’s contributions could never be replaced.
Youtubers that have died : Mastanamma
Mastanamma was an Indian chef who first achieved her internet fame at the age of 105, when her great-grandson began posting videos of her cooking to the channel country foods.
Though her culinary practices were oftentimes unconventional, her wisdom and heartwarming disposition captured the hearts of many, bringing the channel over a million subscribers and a total view count of over 200 million.
On December 3rd 2018, a year and a half after her first cooking lesson was broadcasted, she died peacefully at the age of 107.
Youtubers that have died : Rich Piana
Rich Piana was a bodybuilder and businessman. He became a popular figure in the weightlifting community due to his history of achievements and sociable personality.
On his channel where he gave fans a front row seat to his workout routines the riches videos in total earned over 300 million views and garnered him over a million subscribers.
Though he was always upfront about his use of steroids and growth hormones, none of his fans could have predicted how it would soon backfire.
On August 7th 2017 while getting a haircut from his girlfriend Janice, he suffered cardiac arrest and clasped hitting his head on the floor.
Paramedics arrived 10 minutes later to pick him up and it was determined he had suffered brain damage from lacking oxygen for an extended period of time.
In a last-ditch effort by doctors, he was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks in an attempt to reduce the brain swelling, but to no use.
Rich died on August 25th 2017 at the age of 46. His autopsy shows that due to a lifetime of steroid use his heart and liver weighed over twice the average amount.
Claire Wineland was born on April 10th 1997, with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder mostly affecting the lungs and causing breathing difficulty. From a very young age, she enjoyed performing, frequently partaking in theater and public speaking.
When she was only 13 years of age, Claire was placed in a medically induced coma after experiencing massive lung failure. She was given a mere one percent chance of surviving by doctors. Miraculously, she pulled through and lived.
Shortly, after this close run-in with death, she founded the Claire’s Place Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping the families of people with cystic fibrosis. Claire’s charity went on to help dozens of families in need.
She became an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. She spoke at several conventions and gave a few TED talks. with her captivating story and natural charisma proving very popular with audiences.
In addition to this, she uploaded several vlogs to her YouTube channel as well as her web site the clarity project, discussing what it was like to live with a terminal illness.
Tragically, despite fighting for years, Claire died on September 2nd 2018, after a double lung transplant resulted in a blood clot which caused her to have a stroke.
Her legacy is far from forgotten, however, as just last year YouTube originals produced a documentary in her honor simply entitled: Claire, which was released on the one-year anniversary of her passing.
Narayana Reddy was the owner of a channel called Grandpa Kitchen which started in August of 2017. In his videos, Reddy would sit in a field and make huge portions of food ranging anywhere from pizza, hamburgers to cuisine from his home country of India.
He attracted an audience fairly quickly as people were endeared by his calm cheerful demeanor, as well as, his generous nature since all proceeds earned from the videos, went directly to charities to help orphans.
Reddy had no intention of profiting off of success. He simply wanted to make people happy, as well as, make the world a better place.
Sadly, on October 27th 2019, Reddy passed away at the age of 73. Upon hearing the news, many of his fans took to Twitter to honor his memory. Some mourning him as though he were their own grandfather.
Today, Reddy’s mission and channel are continued by his family and team in order to continue the good work he did for the world.