YouTube sensation and actress Stevie Ryan has died Saturday, July 1, in what the L.A. County Coroner’s Office has ruled a suicide by hanging. She was 33.
The actress rose to fame through sketch comedy and celebrity impressions on her YouTube channel Little Loca which boasted millions of views and 49,000 subscribers. According to Cinema Blend, her popularity on the platform brought in a more mainstream media opportunity: her weekly pop culture sketch show Stevie TV on VH1, which aired for two seasons in March 2012 and 2013.
She later became a co-host on Brody Jenner’s talk show Sex with Brody, where she speaks with a relationship therapist and celebrities guests about all things sex and relationships.
Ryan also co-hosted a podcast called Mentally Ch(ill), a “podcast about depression,” along with Kristen Carney where she often spoke about her own struggle with the illness. More recently, she grieved the loss of her grandfather, which was one of the last things she posted about on social media. She even addressed his passing during an episode of Mentally Ch(ill) —titled “Death, Grieving, & Lithium” —released two days before hers, saying: “I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression.”
The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I'll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa. pic.twitter.com/nQ6hPPD3cC
— Stevie Ryan (@StevieRyan) June 30, 2017
People from multiple industries — from wrestling to PETA to YouTube — took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actress.
Quite shocked by the passing of Stevie Ryan, always considered her to have a nostalgic form of beauty to her, big fan of her sketches.
— Aleister Black (@WWEAleister) July 3, 2017
So sad to hear about the passing of Stevie Ryan ❤️ She was such a sweet & funny woman, with a wonderful heart for animals. She'll be missed.
— PETA (@peta) July 3, 2017
Internet celebrities including YouTubers Chris Crocker and Shane Dawson expressed their grief at her passing. Vlogger Matthew Lush called her an “innovator” while Adam Ruins Everything host Adam Conover recalled Ryan gave him one of his first writing jobs.
So sad to hear of the passing of @StevieRyan. She was one of the 1st people I met in LA and she'll be missed.
— Rhett McLaughlin (@rhettmc) July 3, 2017
.@StevieRyan gave me my first TV writing job. A great talent and human being, gone too soon. ❤️
— Adam Conover (@adamconover) July 3, 2017
Stevie Ryan’s ex-boyfriend, Drake Bell, also reacted to the incident, calling it a “nightmare.”
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 3, 2017
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you may contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the depression hotline at 0800-111-757.