Youtube’s Grant Thompson of ‘King of Random’ has passed away at 38 in a paragliding accident in Utah on Monday evening.
The news has been confirmed by his family members on his social media, which made the whole YouTube community mourn.
“It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night. Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans,” his family stated.
“We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments,” his family 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,” they finally said. The family also dedicated a YouTube video on his channel to remember him.
The YouTuber has gained over 11 million subscribers since starting his channel in January of 2010. He was known for creating and starring in videos.
According to TMZ, the family didn’t provide much details about the YouTuber’s death.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Utah received a call regarding an overdue paraglider who went off radar near Sand Hollow State Park on Monday. Thompson should have landed an hour earlier and his cell phone couldn’t be reached, so local officials issued a massive search.
Reportedly, a helicopter located his position using GPS and found his body that evening alongside his paragliding equipment and a video recording device.
YouTube mourns Grand Thompson
YouTube posted their condolences on Twitter, along with the tribute video, “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted, passionate and endlessly curious creator. We send our deepest condolences to his loving family, The King of Random team and fans,”