Grant Thompson, a popular YouTuber that racked up millions of subscribers and billions of views by sharing life-hack and experimental videos, died Monday night in a paragliding accident in Utah. He was 38-years-old.
Thompson’s brother, Mark, confirmed his death to TMZ, the first outlet to report the news. A rep for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Southern Utah confirmed to TheWrap a paraglider’s body was discovered on Tuesday near Sand Hollow State Park, but was unable to share the victim’s name.
A search team started looking for Thompson after he was unresponsive to cell calls and did not return an hour after he’d planned to on Monday evening, according to his brother.
Thompson was known as “The King of Random” on YouTube, where he had 11 million followers. Many of his videos, with titles ranging from “Can you make a rope with aluminum foil?” to “how to build a flamethrower,” pulled in millions of views. Altogether, his YouTube videos have had 2.47 billion views since he launched his channel in 2010.
YouTube star Grant Thompson
YouTube star Grant Thompson
It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night. 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.
Happy Valentines Day Random Nation, have our Gummy Heart ♥️ p.s. this picture is from an old video, do you know which one? 🤔
Grabbing a bite with the OG of internet DIY @kipkayvideos
Guess why I'm excited... A) Just saved 15% on car insurance
B) Just won an arm wrestling competition
C) Just strapped a ceiling fan to my back, went flying into the sunset, and came back to tell about it
This is a bit of a different post for TKOR, but it's always about trying new things. Especially the dreams that inspire you enough to scare you.
Today I did something I've been nervous to try, and wanting to do ever since I saw pictures of it a decade ago. But I also like my life and don't want to die just yet and the idea of strapping a giant propeller to my back has been a bit of a hindrance for getting into powered paragliding. Until I found these guys.
I'm 3 days into training and have a week left. If you start following the stories I'll share my experience so you can see what it's like to be a paramotor student with @paradigmaerobatics @aviatorshow
Swipe ➡️ My five year old son has been fascinated with #airplanes ever since he was a baby. At 1 year old he would look up at the sky to point at jets and say, "ooh!". 🛫 Then for the last two years has been asking me to take him on an airplane ride.
Today was the day we made his little #dream happen. My little boy touched the clouds this afternoon. #Literally.
Who knows what this will lead to? ✈ ➡️➡️➡️➡️
Well we’ve got it, now comment what we should do with it! 😈💎
Step aside Thanos...😎
Have you seen this video yet with @the.gemstudio?
Pretty cool getting our red turtle shell signed by @charlesmartinetitsame , the voice of Mario himself!
Mario @nintendo games have always been my favorite.
Now selling on eBay for $100 MILLION DOLLARS BWAHAHAHA. JK
#200MILLIONDOLLARS #thekingofrandom #nintendo #redshell #battle #ItsAMe
On Tuesday afternoon, YouTube tweeted it was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted passionate and endlessly curious creator.” The company’s message included a link to an “in memoriam” clip posted to Thompson’s channel.
We're deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted, passionate and endlessly curious creator. We send our deepest condolences to his loving family, The King of Random team and fans. https://t.co/pUY4q1EWcUpic.twitter.com/oL3VVSXacf