Grant Thompson was a working Youtube star known as King of Random. Like he was able to make his Youtube videos his main source of income. That alone is impressive. But Thompson made his youtube videos of him in some pretty precarious situation and stunts. And now it may have cost him his life.
Thompson’s website broke the news to fans. “It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night,” they wrote alongside a YouTube video tribute of the beloved internet star. “Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans.”
“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 added.
Though the family did not provide any further details around Thompson’s death, TMZ reports that the YouTube star died in a paragliding accident.
On Monday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Utah told the outlet that a call came in regarding an overdue paraglider who reportedly went off the radar near Sand Hollow State Park.
The caller told officials that the paraglider should have landed an hour earlier and that he was unable to be reached on his cell phone, which prompted a massive search by local officials, according to TMZ.
After using GPS data to determine Thompson’s approximate location, a helicopter reportedly located his body later that evening, along with his paragliding equipment and a video recording device.
Authorities are now reviewing footage from the device and investigating the incident to determine what caused the tragedy.