When a YouTuber dies, it can be so shocking. Even if we follow them on social media, it’s common to think that they are just taking a break until we hear news of their passing. Several famous YouTubers who died were still young. Some died while filming, others suffered from cancer, and few have tragically taken their own lives. You might be surprised by who you’ll find on this list of deceased YouTubers like: XXXTentacion, Technoblade, Etika, Christina Grimmie, and Edd Gould
Famous YouTubers who died
It’s really sad reading about these YouTubers. No matter what they were talking about in their channels, there’s one common thing between most of them; they didn’t consider death as an option, they seemed to fully enjoy what they were doing. All of a sudden they leave us as if they were never among us.
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy known to the world as xxxtentacion was a Floridian rapper and songwriter. Unlike other musicians with YouTube channels, Jahseh a frequently accessed his accounts upload personalized content outside of his brand, such as vlogs and, to the delight of his fans, gaming videos. The hip hop community was largely split on xxxtentacion.
On one side of the fence people denounced him force unforgivable acts of violence, such as when he allegedly battered his pregnant girlfriend. On the other side, many appreciated him for his unconventional style despite his shortcomings as a person.
Unfortunately, For Jahseh the reactions to his death would prove to be just as polarizing as the reactions to his life.
On June 18th 2018, while leaving a motorbike dealership, two men blocked his car and demanded his possessions at gunpoint. A short skirmish ensued which resulted in him being shot several times in the neck.
The County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed he died immediately. Since his murder his estate has released dozens of pre-recorded songs on his channel.
We cannot talk about the streamers that highlighted “Minecraft” the best, without mentioning Technoblade. His real name is Alex, a YouTuber who rose to fame live-streaming his gaming, garnering 15.7 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He was only 23 when he passed away on June 30, 2022, due to sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer called.
One day in 2021, TechnoBlade uploaded a video to explain his absence. He had cancer in his arm. TechnoBlade underwent numerous treatments and surgeries to combat this. But in June 2022, a video on his channel titled “so long nerds” was uploaded. Within, TechnoBlade’s father read from a script written by the YouTuber eight hours before his death, thanking fans for his happy life.
“Hello everyone, Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I am dead,” he said. “Thank you all for supporting my content over the years. If I had another 100 lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again every single time, as those were the happiest years of my life.”
In 2018 people began to notice some troubling behavior from Etika; In October of that year, he posted a pornographic video to his YouTube channel which caused it to be terminated.
Also, in April of 2019, he did the same thing on a second channel with the same results. Around that time, he began posting some concerning things on his Twitter account such as: it’s my turn to die.
On April 29th, Etika live streamed himself on Instagram being arrested. Later that same week, he would be arrested again this time assaulting a police officer.
Unfortunately, On June 19th 2019, Etika posted a video entitled: I’m sorry, in which he talked about his mental health struggles throughout his life. This video had a troubling tone of finality to it, and Desmond disappeared shortly after the video was uploaded.
Concerns rose when a backpack full of his belongings were found on the Manhattan Bridge. A few days later, a body was found in Manhattan’s East River, which officials tragically soon confirmed belonged to Desmond.
Youtuber that died
Kevin Samuels was an American YouTuber and dating coach. He was willingly controversial in his views on the role of women and relationships in general. Samuels had 1.66 million subscribers on the platform, where he often focused on dating and relationships. Critics often saw his opinions as attacks on women.
Samuels, who described himself as an image and life-style consultant, shared YouTube videos with his more-than-a-million followers discussing topics mainly related to dating and relationships.
His opinions often sparked outrage. He also stirred up controversy over videos where he rated women’s appearances based on their looks and dress size. Some people think that his advice was toxic and misogynistic while other consider his content to be beneficial and wise.
Kevin Samuels managed to build an image of a hypermasculinity authority and he became a TikTok phenomenon after his death in 2022.
Christina Grimmie started her YouTube channel in 2009 at the age of 15. Performing covers of pop songs. she quickly found popularity online with her biggest break coming in 2014 when she appeared as a contestant on the reality singing competition The Voice.
Her natural talents and friendly personality won over the hearts of both the judges and the audience. With the support of mainstream singers like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Christina was able to finish in third place.
This is what truly spring boarded her to mainstream success, as she signed a deal with Island Records and began going on several tours.
Sadly, during a meet-and-greet after a show in Orlando, Christina was gunned down by a crazed and delusional fan who believed he was the love of her life.
After her death, hundreds of thousands of celebrities and fans took to the Internet to mourn the loss of this rising star in the world of music. Since Christina’s passing her family and boyfriend have released a few albums in her honor.
YouTube star and music entrepreneur, Jamal Edwards, was the founder of online urban music platform SBTV, which helped artists such as who helped launch the careers of Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Dave and Skepta.
Jamal was born in Luton. He grew up on a council estate in Acton, and went on to be appointed an MBE for services to music and was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people throughout the UK launch their own companies.
Edwards set up SBTV in 2006. The man was just 18 years old back then. The channel is seen as a prominent institution for Black British music, with a huge following of over 1.24 million subscribers. Many artists have been featured on the channel like Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Big Zuu, Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder.
The 31-year-old YouTube star died from a heart attack after taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. He died at home in Acton, west London, on 20 February, 2022.
Following his death tributes for Jamal poured in from many artists like Ed Sheeran who posted on Instagram: “Jamal is my brother. His light shone so bright. He only used it to illuminate others and never asked for anything in return. He also contributed his success to Jamal saying: “I would not be here without him, professionally and personally”
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Edd Gould was an animator and the creator of the popular web series EDDSWORLD. He started EDDSWORLD as a comic in the early 2000s with his friend Matt, who he met in secondary school.
He also took interest in flash animation and began teaching himself how to use the software until 2003, when he uploaded his first animation to new grounds. It was there Edd met his longtime friend and collaborator TomSka, with whom he would go on to create the EDDSWORLD animated series along with Matt.
The show followed Edie Tom and Matt as fictionalized versions of themselves living in the same house. It attracted a large audience due to the witty sense of humor and the creative stories.
As they were rising in popularity on YouTube, Edie was battling leukemia having been diagnosed in 2006. Despite seeming to beat the disease, in 2011 he learned that it had begun to make a comeback.
Unfortunately, he took his life on March 25th 2012. In his memory, Tom and Matt started Eddsworld legacy, a crowdfunding campaign designed to keep his series going for a while longer. They produced a few episodes over the years, but finally decided to end the series on a high note in 2016.
Update: The series came back in 2020 and it gets millions of views as always.
Byron Bernstein is well-known video game streamer on Twitch where he had 936,000 followers.
Bernstein went by the name Reckful on Twitch, where he was mostly known for his “World of Warcraft” streams.
Before his death, Byron was working as a developer on his own video game, “Everland,” which was set to release later that year.
In January 11, 2020, he shared a video on his YouTube channel in which he talked about his struggle with depression and mentioned that he had lost one of his brothers to suicide.
Byron, who was just 31 years old at the time, committed suicide just few hours after proposing to his girlfriend Becca on Twitter on July 2, 2020. Becca later on shared a tweet where she tragically stated that she wasn’t able to see his proposal until it was too late.
Jonathan Grant Thompson was better known to YouTube viewers as the King of Random. He rose to prominence through his DIY science projects and experiments as well as his positive and optimistic attitude.
His channel started in 2010 and amassed over 12 million subscribers. Since then, Grant’s passion for his work made him very popular in the science YouTube space.
Sadly, in 2019 Grant was killed in Washington County Utah during a paramotoring accident. The entire community mourned his passing and the King Of Random channel posted several tribute videos in his honor.
The channel he founded is still being run by members of Grant’s team and is still committed to his mission of teaching science and spreading positivity.
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Caleb Logan Bratayley, a YouTube personality who died suddenly back in 2015 at just age 13. The kid was felled by an undetected heart ailment called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Bratayley and his family have a popular YouTube channel with more than 1.6 million subscribers at the time (the channel has now more than 7 million subscribers). When Caleb passed away the family had to pause their daily vlog uploads, but they soon resumed their journey on YouTube and the channel is still operating till now.
News of Caleb’s death on October 1st 2015, was posted on the family Instagram page on October 5th and it caused widespread shock on social media.
The boy and his family have been on YouTube since 2010. They post daily videos about their daily life routines and family events.
A week after his death, his memorial service was live-streamed. And all of his fans admitted that they miss him as much as his family.
Corey La Barrie
Corey La Barrie was a mid-sized creator that made a plethora of videos with friends in LA, including the likes of David Dobrik.
With many of his challenges gaining hundreds of thousands of views, he seemed to be living the good life, until it was cut short on May 10th 2020, when he was in a car crash with ‘Ink Master’ star Daniel Silva.
Shortly, after the wreck , he was pronounced dead and Daniel was arrested. It was Corey’s 25th birthday.
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.
Jarad Anthony Higgins, 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.
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