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YouTube Star Stevie Ryan Dead In Suspected Suicide

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The Los Angeles coroner's office has confirmed that viral video actress and VH1 star Stevie Ryan committed suicide July 1.

The 33-year-old was found hanging in her home, according to the New York Daily News.

Although her family has yet to make a statement, her final tweet, a tribute to her late grandfather, may shine insight into Ryan's personal troubles.

"The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams," she wrote the day before her death. "I'll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa."

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This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

She was best known for her celebrity impressions that garnered her internet fame. She also created her own characters, the most popular one being the Mexican-American Little Loca. 

Each video would typically receive around 100,000 views, though some went far higher; her video parodying Amy Winehouse hit six million views. 

"It literally was just growing and growing," she said in 2012, just as her career was taking off. "And I just became so obsessed with all of it."

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This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true:

Her work eventually secured her a TV show on VH1 in 2013. The show, "Stevie TV," typically followed the same format of her YouTube channel, heavily focusing on sketches revolving around her celebrity impersonations or her original characters. 

The show lasted two seasons but was eventually canceled in 2014.

Ryan left her hometown of Victorville, California, for Los Angeles in attempt to gain fame at age 19. In an interview, she noted that the eventual popularity she did receive came with a lot of hate.

"No matter who you are ... You can be the most talented person in the world and you put anything on the Internet and all you're going to get is hateful responses," she said, according to the Daily Mail. 

"I didn't know that at the time. I don't think anyone knew that yet. I was like: 'Oh hell no they didn't! These b****es do not know what they just asked for!'"

She said that the hateful comments spurred her to create her most popular character, Little Loca.

"I created Little Loca thinking: 'I'm going to hand YouTube its a** right now,'" she said. "I ... thought I'd just do it and freak people out."

After VH1 dropped "Stevie TV," Ryan co-hosted Brody Jenner's "Sex With Brody" series on the E! Network. She also hosted a podcast known as Mentally Ch(ill), where she would often hint at her battle with depression.

On her final podcast, posted two days before her death, she revealed that her grandfather had died and that she worried that his death would adversely affect her mental health.

"I'm just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression."

Sources: New York Daily News, Daily Mail, US Weekly / Photo Credit: Esther Vargas/FlickrStevie Ryan/Instagram via The Sun

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