The death of YouTube personality and VH1 host Stevie Ryan came as a shock to begin the week, placing a little bit of sadness right in the middle of the holiday weekend. While it was easy not to know who Ryan was given today’s splintered media, her death by suicide at 33 is a hard pill to swallow. Not only is that too young, it also once again bucks the notion that success makes up for depression and mental illness. It comes in various forms and one path isn’t always the best path for another person, something Ryan would know as an advocate for mental health. This isn’t new and we’re certainly a broken record on the subject at times, but Ryan’s death is just the latest reminder.
As shocking as it was for someone on the outside, the loss seems to have hit those who admired and were close to Ryan throughout her short career. One of the most visible was ex-boyfriend Drake Bell, who shared his shock at the news online and called the news a “nightmare”:
Ryan’s podcast co-host Kristen Carney also shared her disbelief at the news while paying tribute to the late personality:
And even Perez Hilton shared a kind word for Ryan, dropping the sarcasm he’s become known for online to share a touching word and parody video he worked on with the YouTube star and mental health advocate:
Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything also had some kind words for Ryan, noting that she helped him get his first writing job in television. Superstore writer Vanessa Ramos also shared some kind words, urging those dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts to seek help:
Several other famous names pitched in to share kinds thoughts and tributes about Ryan, include some of her fellow YouTube stars:
It’s a sad end for someone who clearly touched a lot of people in a short amount of time. If one thing is clear, it’s a moment to know you that there’s no shame in seeking help. If you’re feeling trapped or desperate, get assistance and don’t wait for it to get worse.