Talking Kitty Cat (aka Steve Cash) rose to fame with adorable YouTube videos that saw him provide spot-on voiceover to footage depicting his four cats, Sylvester, Random Kitten, Gibson, and GG, and a dog named Shelby.
His high-pitched voice, incredible personality, and unparalleled ability to come up with cat-themed comedic sketches earned him 2.54 million subscribers since first launching his YouTube channel in 2007.
So, what happened to Talking Kitty Cat?
Talking Kitty Cat's videos followed a simple, but endlessly entertaining format. He would shoot raw footage of his pets easing around the household or playing with each other, which he would combine with subtitles, hilarious voiceovers, and additional, confession-style scenes.
The videos would often posit Sylvester as Steve's mortal enemy and greatest source of fear. Random Kitten was framed as the innocent and endlessly gullible cat. Gibson was often portrayed as the calmest out of the trio up until his sudden death in April 2016. Shelby was the scary-looking but quiet one. The latest addition to the family was a Balinese cat named GG.
Some videos, like "Talking Kitty Cat 38 - Worst Date Ever," revolved around scenarios like Sylvester going on a date with a lady cat he met on a popular app. Others, like "Talking Kitty Cat 48 - The Random Gibsons," captured less far-fetched scenarios like Random Kitten giving birth to a handful of teeny-tiny kittens.
Steve Cash passed away in April 2020.
Steve posted his last-ever video on Dec. 31, 2019. He died four months later, on Thursday, April 17. As the Facebook post by his wife, Celia DeCosta Cash reveals, the cause of death was suicide.
"This is so hard. I'm not even sure what to say, or for that matter, what to do. I just lost my best friend, my sidekick, my lover, my mentor, my absolute everything, this morning," she wrote.
"I'm so sad to say, my husband, Steve Cash, took his own life this morning," she stated. "It hurts me to share this. Please understand, give the family time to grieve, but know that Steve is no longer in pain."
According to TMZ, the YouTuber struggled with mental health issues. As the outlet reveals, he previously told one of his commenters that he had bipolar disorder.
"I found out some upsetting news. Steve Cash of Talking Kitty Cat videos has died. Whenever I needed a laugh, I could count on Steve and Sylvester, his beautiful, sassy black cat, to make me laugh. You will be missed, Steve," wrote a devastated fan on Twitter.
"If you’ve ever seen the hilariously dirty Sylvester the talking kitty cat videos on the internet, the creator of those videos had died. Steve Cash is his name and he took his own life. He had 2.5 million YouTube subscribers and countless fans," tweeted someone else.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.