YouTube star Grant Thompson died Monday, July 29, and the internet is in mourning. The King of Random star had over 11.6 million subscribers on his popular channel, which features videos of Grant going on adventures and conducting all kinds of experiments.
So how did Grant Thompson die? And how would his loved ones like you to honor his legacy? Here's what you need to know.
How did Grant Thompson die?
Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Grant was killed in a paragliding crash in southern Utah late Monday. A news release from the Washington County sheriff's office said the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
Authorities were able to recover the crashed paraglider as well as video taken during the flight. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that no foul play was suspected in Grant's tragic death.
Grant got into paragliding around March 2019.
Grant's brother, Mark, told TMZ the YouTube star got into paragliding around five months ago. He was also a fan of skydiving, flying, and other adventurous activities.
Grant's team asked fans to honor his legacy in a touching way.
On July 30, an update was posted to The King of Random's YouTube page. It read: "It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night. Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments."
The statement continued, "Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random. Grant's legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created."
Grant's fellow YouTubers are mourning this huge loss.
Grant's charismatic, adventurous personality, and fun videos made an impact around the world. MatPat, the YouTuber behind The Game Theorists channel, tweeted, "So sad to learn about the tragic passing of YouTube's King of Random, Grant Thompson."
"He was passionate and fearless with videos that inspired millions of future scientists," MatPat continued. "You're gone FAR too soon, but the HUGE positive impact you made will be felt for a long time."
Fans of The King of Random are heartbroken as well.
Longtime viewers of Grant's channel took to social media to pay tribute to the talented YouTube star. Twitter user @ImproveYurself wrote, "Having watched and enjoyed hours of your great content, I am deeply heart broken and saddened — like all your loyal fans, I hoped the the news is fake but we have at some point to say our goodbyes. Thanks for all, the King of Random, Mr. Grant Thompson, you will be always remembered."
Jake Roper tweeted, "Every time I saw Grant Thompson his passion, enthusiasm, and kindness was palpable when we would chat. You might be gone but we can still visit your old videos and spend time together. Rest in peace, Grant."
Our thoughts are with Grant Thompson's family, friends, and the entire King of Random team.
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