Unfortunately, the world of YouTube has been rocked by tragedy more than once, and with millions of content creators on the platform, it seems to happen all too often. Many beloved YouTubers have died too young, leaving a legacy that continues to influence and inspire generations of creators today.
These exceptional people used the platform to share their talent and knowledge with the world, inspiring many others along the way. Names like Christina Grimmie, TrevD (Trevon Davis), Desmond Amofah (Etika), Caleb Logan Bratayley and numerous others have left behind an immense legacy on YouTube and beyond.
Their deaths have had a profound effect on the entire YouTube community, driving home an important lesson: appreciate every moment you have because life can be taken away in just one second. It is impossible to
In this article, we will highlight some of the most loved names and unexpected deaths in the world of YouTube, original content and viral videos.
17 Unexpected YouTubers that Simply Died Too Young
The world of YouTube was deeply shocked when it lost some of its brightest stars. We are talking about YouTubers who passed away too soon, leaving us with a heavy heart. Here are just a few of the names we learned to love through their video content, amazing skills and openness to others.
Technoblade (Tommy Simons) was a YouTuber and Twitch streamer who gained popularity for his Minecraft videos. Tommy died of unknown causes in 2020, at the age of 24.
Steve Cash, also known as Talking Kitty Cat, was an American YouTube personality famous for his talking animal video series. He passed away due to cardiac arrest in 2019 at the age of 39.
Grant Thompson was an American YouTube star popularly known as The King Of Random. He accidentally crashed a powered paraglider while out on an excursion in Utah in 2019, at the age of 38.
Emily Hartridge was a British YouTuber best known for her channel ‘Ten Minute Hack’, providing short and sweet advice on relationships, mental health, beauty and lifestyle. She died in a tragic electric scooter accident in 2019 at the age of 35.
Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika or EtikaWNetwork was an American YouTuber and Twitch streamer who uploaded his reactions to Nintendo Directs and other videogame-related content. He went missing on June 19th 2019, with his body being found by the police two days later after committing suicide.
Verne Troyer was an American actor best known for playing Mini-Me in Austin Powers films, but he also had a massive following of nearly a million YouTube subscribers and fans. Verne passed away due to suicide in 2018 at the age of 49 following a long battle with depression.
Christina Grimmie was an American singer and YouTuber best known for her covers of popular music on YouTube. She sadly lost her life in 2016 after a crazed fan opened fire on her during a meet and greet event when she was just 22 years old.
Stevie Ryan was an American actress, comedian, writer and television host who gained fame through her impressions of celebrities like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga on YouTube. Stevie committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 33.
Greg Plitt was an American fitness model, actor and motivational speaker who rose to fame through his videos focused on health and fitness. He died in 2015 at the age of 37 after he was hit by a train while filming a commercial for energy drinks.
Aziz Shavershian, also known as Zyzz, was an Australian bodybuilder and personal trainer who became popular for his YouTube videos about bodybuilding and dieting. Aziz suffered from a heart attack in 2011 at the young age of 22.
Monty Oum was an American animator and writer who created some of the most acclaimed animated series such as RWBY and Haloid. Monty passed away due to complications during allergy treatment at the age of 33 in 2015.
XXXTentacion (Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was an American rapper, singer and songwriter who had a meteoric rise in the Hip-Hop world before being fatally shot at the age of 20 in 2018.
Talia Castellano was an American makeup artist who rose to fame when Ellen Degeneres discovered her YouTube channel. She died in 2013 at the age of 13 after battling Neuroblastoma for seven years.
Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old American student whose story went viral after he committed suicide due to bullying and cyberbullying in 2011. His parents created the It Gets Better project in his memory, which encourages other LGBT youth to stay strong through difficult times.
Edd Gould was an English animator who achieved notoriety with his flash animations on Newgrounds and through his YouTube account under the username SmoothChaos. He passed away from Leukaemia in 2012 at the age of 23.
Amanda Todd was a Canadian teen who posted a video on YouTube describing her struggles with cyberbullying, depression and anxiety before taking her own life in 2012 at the young age of 15. Her story sparked a worldwide campaign against cyberbullying.
Freddy E was an American hip-hop artist and YouTuber known for his song “Jah I Missed U” from his album “Crying Out To God”. He committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 22 due to depression.
Appreciating Life as a YouTuber and Content Creator
In the world of YouTube, some of us have followed YouTubers for years, watching them grow and change through the lens of their cameras. As much as we love the content and people behind the camera, we often don’t know what’s really going in their lives.
What we do know, is that life can be taken away in an instant – and that’s something that several popular YouTubers have experienced far too young.