Last year, three YouTubers were killed while climbing a waterfall.
Now, YouTuber Grant Thompson, the star of the King of Random channel, has died in a paragliding accident.
The 38-years-old’s YouTube channel had over 11 million subscribers and harked back to the origins of the platform that started out with cat videos and people doing random stuff and putting it online.
Thompson’s channel was known for its creative – and often dangerous – experiments, like seeing what liquid nitrogen does to a human face.
Over 15 million people tuned in:
The BBC has more on Thompson’s death:
Thompson’s death was officially announced on his Instagram page, with calls for his fans to “do a random act of love or kindness today in honour of The King of Random”.
In an interview with MediaKix in 2017, Thompson explained how he was bullied at school but eventually became a pilot. After flying planes for more than a decade, he went into real estate, became “semi-retired” and started his YouTube channel.
Some of his most viewed videos include this one about how to make LEGO gummies.
More than 34 million views:
Then there’s this one, created to help you open coconuts if you ever get stranded on a coconut-laden island:
You can see why they called him ‘The King of Random”.
You can view more of his work here.
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