The internet is mourning the death of Grant Thompson, known to his 11 million YouTube subscribers as The King of Random, after learning of his passing on July 30. He was 38 years old.
Grant had been sharing the depths of life’s strange hacks through hilarious experiments and astonishing projects for almost a decade, all for the sake of entertaining and educating those who were willing to watch.
Grant was committed to his craft, constantly putting out creative video after the next. It was routine for his fans to get five or more pieces of content from him every single week, each brimming with the genuine personality he imbued.
His most popular video titled “How to Make LEGO Gummy Candy!” has over 26 million views, with about 2.5 billion views on his entire channel.
Mark, Grant’s brother, told TMZ that authorities had discovered the YouTuber’s body on Tuesday after he had gone paragliding on Monday, the evening before.
Reports on Monday to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office describe a paraglider who went missing near Sand Hollow State Park that afternoon. The report prompted an immediate search for the lost person.
The efforts of local law enforcement managed to find Grant using a helicopter at night. Along with paragliding equipment, authorities are reviewing recording devices found at the crash site to find out what went wrong.
People close to Grant posted In Memoriams on his main YouTube channel as well as his Instagram that has over 350,000 followers.
“It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night,” the Instagram post reads. “Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments. 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.”
Taken from the world much too soon, a lot of fans would agree that The King of Random had consistently and persistently accomplished his “childhood dream to become like McGuyver,” as he once told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.