Stevie Ryan has died aged 33.
The actress was found at home on Saturday, where she was pronounced dead. Today, it has emerged that the YouTube and VH1 star died by suicide.
Stevie was one of the original YouTube stars.
She rose to prominence on YouTube with her character “Little Loca”, who starred in a number of video sketches from 2006-2012.
Her popularity on YouTube led to her own sketch show, ‘Stevie TV’, on VH1. The comedy show lasted for two seasons; and launched her into a TV career, with ‘Stevie TV’ debuting in 2012. Then after the show came to an end, Stevie became the co-host of “Sex with Brody,” a sex and relationship talkshow hosted by Brody Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner’s son.
As well as an actress, Stevie was also a mental health advocate.
More recently, Stevie co-hosted “Mentally Ch(ill)”; a podcast about mental health and depression, which Stevie herself lived with. Over the course of the podcast’s run, Stevie became more open about her own struggles with depression; often speaking honestly about treatments and symptoms and helping to normalise mental illness. In the most recent episode, which aired last week, Stevie opened up about losing her grandfather; and continued to express her grief publicly through social media.
Fans came together to mourn Stevie’s passing on social media.
One fan shared an important reminder that depression can happen to anyone: “Stevie Ryan’s suicide is a reminder that depression is insidious and doesn’t care about your social status. If you’re depressed, seek help.”
A number of celebrities including Stevie’s former boyfriend, Drake Bell, also took to Twitter to share their love for Stevie.