These days, many types of people get famous in ways that didn't used to be possible. Online stardom has become a very popular trend, and one of the biggest sites that allow this to occur is the one and only, YouTube. Individuals are given the opportunity to create their very own unique channels and broadcast themselves and their content of choice. These videos can discuss anything from fashion to computer gaming, and beyond. If a YouTube channel is popular enough, the individual behind it gathers hits and followers in the millions. Fame like that becomes so large it even seeps into pop culture magazines, TV and movies.
Unfortunately, tragedy can strike anyone at any time, no matter who they are, and this list proves just that. Many of these YouTubers had millions of views and millions of followers, yet their careers were cut tragically short. Take a look and see the saddest and most shocking cases to have ever rocked the YouTube community.
15 Justin Carmical (JewWario-Channel Awesome)
14 Tameesha Ridge (DIYMeesha)
13 Scott ‘Stoked’ Yakiwchuk (Element Animation)
12 Monty Ohm (RoosterTeeth)
11 Daniel Kyre (Cyndago)
10 Brian Rickard (Yoteslaya)
9 Edd Gould (Eddsworld)
8 Jam Sebastian (JamichTV)
7 Freddy E (JerkTV)
6 Caleb Logan LeBlanc (Bratayley)
5 Greg Plitt (Gregg Plitt)
4 Amanda Todd (TheSomebodytoknow)
3 Esther Earl (HELLO THERE)
YouTuber Esther Earl passed away from cancer in 2010 when she was just 16 years old. Earl became a big online personality in the YouTube community prior to her passing due to her uploads revolving around being a Nerdfighter and activist in the Harry Potter Alliance. What many don’t know, however, is that Esther is the girl who inspired author John Green to pen The Fault in Our Stars. Green and Earl became fast friends after meeting at a Harry Potter conference; the author was said to have been heartbroken by the teen’s passing. Actress Shailene Woodley went on to play the leading role in the movie adaption of Green's novel. Although Earl was a huge inspiration behind the character of Hazel Grace Lancaster in Green’s novel, it has been made clear that the character is not solely based on Earl.
2 Talia Castellano (TaliaJoy18)
1 Christina Grimmie (zeldaxlove64)
Most people became familiar with Christina Grimmie in 2014 after she auditioned for the sixth season of The Voice. Grimmie placed third on the show and went on to have a successful singing career. Tragically, Grimmie was shot down after playing a concert in June 2016. The star passed away shorty after at the young age of 22. Grimmie had been signing autographs when a man, later identified as Kevin James Loibli, started shooing at the singer. Loibli was tackled by Grimmie’s brother, before breaking free and turning the gun on himself. Years before auditioning for The Voice, Grimmie uploaded her first video to YouTube when she was just 15 years old. Before long Grimmie’s videos gained huge recognition. A cover uploaded in 2010, that saw Grimmie collaborate with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui, on a cover of Nelly’s Just a Dream, reached incredible views of 135 million. In 2011, Grimmie came second in the 'My YouTube' competition losing out to Disney star Selena Gomez. Interestingly, as her channel grew in popularity, Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey and her partner Brian Teefey, became Grimmie’s managers. Everything was on track for the star until her life was cut tragically short.
Sources: TheDailyDot, YouTube, Wikipedia
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