Influencer Bryce Horton's Younger Brother Dies at 28 Years Old, Leaving Fans Reeling

Influencer Bryce Horton’s younger brother, Kyle, tragically died unexpectedly. Here's what we know so far.

Jamie Lerner - Author

Aug. 21 2023, Updated 12:15 p.m. ET

The Gist:

  • Influencer Bryce Horton's younger brother, Kyle Horton, died at 28 years old.
  • His cause of death was reportedly a car accident.

Many of us follow influencers because of how open and vulnerable they can be about their lives—we feel like they’re our friends. And because of this, we feel the grief of losing someone close to one of our favorite influencers. In this case, Bryce Horton’s brother, Krista Horton’s brother-in-law, Kyle Horton, died at just 28 years old.

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Bryce and Krista are known for their social media presence and now their delicious canned rum cocktails. So when Bryce posted on his feed, typically filled with happy-go-lucky pics with his family, about Kyle’s death, it made waves across the internet. What happened to Kyle Horton, and what was his cause of death?

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What happened to Kyle Horton? His cause of death was reportedly a car accident.

Details on Kyle’s death are still pending, but many outlets have reported that he succumbed to injuries caused by a car accident. According to reports, Kyle was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Aug. 19, 2023, on Highway 65 near the Lerdo Highway exit. He was in his Ford Mustang and somehow got into an accident with a tractor-trailer and another car.

There was also supposedly a toddler in the car with Kyle, although it’s unclear if the child was Kyle’s son, Brooks (who’s less than a year old), or one of his nieces or nephews. Luckily, the child is OK, although they did have some injuries. But sadly, Kyle did not make it through. Although this is what’s been widely reported, we should note that there is no evidence online that Kyle died in a car accident beyond secondhand reports.

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There are no reports of car accidents in the Bakersfield, Calif. area (where the crash would have taken place), so it’s possible that the reports of a car accident are completely inaccurate. In fact, a since-deleted Reddit post alleges that Kyle actually overdosed and was found by his wife, although there’s no way to know if that’s true.

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The internet is pouring support for Bryce, Krista, and Kyle's fiancée, Jori.

We know Bryce and Krista well, but Kyle was more of a mystery to the public eye. He was a brother, a new father, a son, and a soon-to-husband, which makes his untimely passing all the more tragic. News of Kyle’s death first broke when Bryce and Krista shared the news on social media.

“Kyle I love you and you aren’t just my little brother you are my best friend,” Bryce wrote. “I’ll never forget every song and movie quote we shared and laughed at together. From being band mates to roommates to uncles of each other's kids, there’s not a day that will go by that I won’t think of you and smile and wish you were still here right by my side. John 15:13 Bodhi.”

Kyle’s fiancée and mother of his son commented, “I love him so much it hurts so bad. He was ALWAYS the life of the party. I thank God every day for Brooks, but a little extra now that I’ll have a piece of Kyle with US always. I love you guys so much.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Kyle’s friends, family, and everyone who loved him.

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