YouTube star Grant Thompson killed in paragliding accident (Photo: Twitter)
Grant Thompson, the creator of the popular YouTube channel, "The King of Random," has reportedly died in a paragliding accident, according to TMZ reports. The 38-year-old, who had over 11 million subscribers failed to return on Monday from a paragliding trip in Utah. Authorities say the GPS device that he had on him was used to locate his body late Tuesday.
The Washington County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that rescuers had recovered paragliding equipment as well as a video recording device that may help shed some light on the crash.
"It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night," the family said on Instagram. "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."
Prior to building his YouTube empire, Thompson worked as an airline pilot for 11 years and then worked for a brief period in real estate, according to a 2017 interview with MediaKix.
"I started making videos on YouTube showing people what I was tinkering with and what I was coming up with," he said in the interview. "It turned into a big enough movement that I shut down my real estate business, I quit the airlines, and now it's all YouTube."
Following the news of his sudden death, tributes from yellow Youtubers have poured in including Logan Paul, who said he was heartbroken.