Stevie Ryan, YouTube artist, commits suicide at age 33

Rose to popularity in late 2000s as celebrity impersonator

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Stevie Ryan attends the NBC's 2015 New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Actress and YouTube star Stevie Ryan has been pronounced dead by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The office says that Ryan committed suicide by hanging on July 1. Ryan was only 33 years old.

Ryan was most famous for her YouTube series Little Loca, before transitioning to popular celebrity parodies. Reflecting on her rise to popularity, she said in a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “It just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing. And I just became so obsessed with all of it.” She began using her then boyfriend’s recording equipment to do silent films with only Windows Movie Maker as editing software. Once she began receiving negative feedback, she created a sassy character known as “Little Loca” in 2006. She eventually began developing popular impersonations of Kim Kardashian and other reality television personalities.

Ryan later used her impersonation skills on a VH1 pop culture sketch series in 2012 entitled Stevie TV. Ryan said that VH1 was interested in a “female-driven sketch comedy show that is centered around pop culture because that’s what I am obsessed with.” Ryan also hosted programs on E! Ryan recently began co-hosting Mentally Ch(ill), a podcast that dealt with the topic of low self-esteem, depression and mental illness. In the podcast’s most recent episode, Ryan told her listeners that her grandfather passed away last week. She also expressed her concern that she would relapse into deep depression as a result of the traumatic event. Her co-host, Kristen Carney, wrote a tweet in response to the news of Ryan’s suicide, calling her “The coolest girl I’ve ever known.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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