Stevie Ryan died on Saturday in what the Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined to be suicide by hanging. The YouTube star and TV host made her name on a YouTube series called Little Loca before she appeared in the VH1 series Stevie TV and hosting an E! channel.
Ryan’s body was found in her home in the 1400 block of South Ogden Drive in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. She recently hosted a podcast about depression. Coroner’s records showed an autopsy and investigation determined it was a death by hanging as a result of a suicide by the actress.
The 33-year-old YouTube star had posted a tweet on Friday about the recent death of her grandfather. “The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I’ll miss you every day, forever. I love you my Pa,” she wrote.
Ryan was born in Victorville, Calif., and moved to L.A. at the age of 19 to pursue entertainment.
She also mentioned her grandfather in a recent podcast in which she questioned whether his death could send her into a deeper depression. She launched her Web career dabbling with a video camera and making posts on YouTube of herself portraying crazy characters.
Little Loca became a YouTube hit as Ryan revealed that it was inspired by tough chicks which she knew growing up. Ryan's budding career mirrored the path taken by some musicians. The popular band Fall Out Boy carefully cultivated an online following through YouTube and MySpace before signing with Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam.
Ryan also co-hosted Brody Jenner’s E! talk show “Sex With Brody.” The two, joined by relationship therapist Dr. Mike Dow, discussed various topics related to relationships.
One of the longtime collaborators, Kristen Carney, said on Twitter: “RIP StevieRyan The coolest girl I've ever known.”
The YouTube personality, whose channel has 49,000 subscribers and millions of views, also used the video platform to share celebrity impressions. She also parodied pop culture figures on the VH1 sketch series “Stevie TV,” which was canceled after its second season.