Actress who openly discussed depression battle takes own life days after grandpa's death


Comedian and actress Stevie Ryan, whose YouTube series 'Little Loca' garnered a cult following and marked her rise to fame, took her own life shortly after the death of her beloved grandfather, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office ruled Saturday that Ryan's death earlier that day was caused by a suicide by hanging, online records show. She was 33.

Ryan first became known for her work on YouTube, where the Victorville, Calif., native began experimenting with different characters before moving on to celebrity spoofs and parodies.

Her work online paved the way for Stevie TV, her own pop culture sketch series that ran on VH1 from 2012 to 2013.

She also appeared as a co-host of Brody Jenner's E! series, Sex with Brody.

Ryan most recently co-hosted Mentally Ch(ill), a "podcast about depression," its iTunes description said.

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In an episode released two days before Ryan's death, she spoke of her grandfather's death and her concerns surrounding coping with the loss of a close loved one.

"I guess you can never really prepare yourself for death," she said as she began to cry during the episode, which was released Thursday. "I've just kind of watched him wither away in the past two weeks and it's really, really sad to watch someone that you've grown up with your entire life and you see as the manliest man ever just slowly deteriorate and it's actually the hardest thing I've ever dealt with in my entire life."

She continued, "I'm just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression. Or maybe it'll take me out of my depression a little bit to see that life is short and that we just don't actually have as much time as we think we do with people that we love and care about."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Stevie Ryan attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Stevie Ryan attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Stevie Ryan attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA- JULY 31: Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Stevie Ryan attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at Logo's 'Hot 100' Party at Drai's Lounge in W Hollywood on June 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at Logo's 'Hot 100' Party at Drai's Lounge in W Hollywood on June 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA- JULY 31: Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: (L-R) Actress Stevie Ryan and SVP, West Coast Production & Development at VH1 Jill Holmes arrive at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for VH1)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 19: Stevie Ryan arrives at the 2012 Do Something Awards at Barker Hangar on August 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Stevie Ryan attends GBK Gift Lounge In Honor of The MTV Movie Award Nominees And Presenters - Day 2 at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel on June 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
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The following day, she posted on Twitter a tribute to her grandfather, writing: "The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I'll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa."

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News of Ryan's death left those close to her reeling, and many took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of the actress.

"RIP @StevieRyan The coolest girl I've ever known," wrote Kristen Carney, co-host of Mentally Ch(ill).

"She was hilarious, vibrant, beautiful, sassy, genuine and unique to the core," Carney wrote on Instagram. "Very rarely do people make an impact on me let alone the way Stevie did. I'm honored that I got to know her so well and she'll be with me as I continue to fight to move forward ... She was so, so special. And will be so, so missed."

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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