- On Tuesday, family of YouTube start Grant Thompson, “The King of Random,” confirmed he had died in a paragliding accident on Monday
- Authorities used a GPS device to discover Thompson’s body on Tuesday
- Thompson’s YouTube channel had over 11 million subscribers and over 2.4 billion views at the time of his death
On Tuesday, it was confirmed YouTube star Grant Thompson — better known as “The King of Random” — died at the age of 38 in a paragliding accident on Monday.
TMZ spoke to Thompson’s brother Mark who confirmed the accident. According to Mark, Thompson went paragliding on Monday evening but never returned home. Authorities discovered Thompson’s body early Tuesday morning. The family is still receiving details on what caused the accident.
It was reported that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Monday of an overdue paraglider that went off radar near the Sand Hollow State Park. The caller said the paraglider should have returned an hour prior and he was not answering his phone. After receiving the call, authorities organized a massive search.
Authorities pulled Thompson’s coordinates from his GPS data and a helicopter managed to find his body on Monday night. Detectives found Thompson’s paragliding equipment at the crash site along with a video recording device. Authorities are reviewing the video to see if they can find the cause of the accident. Foul play has been ruled out by law enforcement.
On Tuesday, Thompson’s family confirmed his death in a post on the King of Random Instagram account. The family requested for Thompson’s fans to “Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random.”
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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. 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.
Thompson first joined the YouTube community in January 2010. The King of Random channel quickly grew subscribers for his content which included “life hacks, experiments and random weekend projects.” His content came out almost every day until recently, he was featured in every video. In recent months, Calli and Nate have been taking over as hosts on The King of Random channel. At the time of Thompson’s death, he had over 11 million subscribers and over 2.4 billion views, making him one of the most-watched stars on YouTube. YouTube released the following comment on Thompson’s death on Tuesday to their Twitter.
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. https://t.co/pUY4q1EWcU pic.twitter.com/oL3VVSXacf— YouTube (@YouTube) July 30, 2019
On Tuesday, The King of Random YouTube channel released a memorial video titled “Grant Thompson, in Memoriam.” By early Wednesday morning, it was #4 on trending and had received over 1.9 million views. The comment section had over 60,000 comments from fans leaving their condolences.