LOS ANGELES: YouTube star Grant Thompson, who became famous as host of the popular channel "The King of Random", has died in a paralysis accident, his family announced.
Authorities said the 38-year-old, who had 11 million subscribers on his channel and billions of views, was reported missing after not returning Monday (July 29) from a scheduled trip to Utah.
A GPS device he had on him was used to locate his body late on Tuesday.
The Washington County sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that rescuers were recovering paragliding equipment as well as a video recording device that may help shed some light on the crash.
Thompson's family has informed fans about his death on his pages on social media.
"It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night," the family said on Instagram. "Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random."
"Grant's legacy will continue to live on in the channel and the global community he has created."
Thompson's channel explored how things worked.
One of his popular videos – "How to Create a LEGO Gummy Candy!" – explained how to make sweets at home, and another was titled "What Does Liquid Nitrogen Do to Your Face?"
His latest video, "Rasta Cake RAFT! Will It Flush?" was published on Sunday.
Prior to building his YouTube empire, Thompson worked as an airline pilot for 11 years and then worked for a short period in real estate, according to a 2017 interview with MediaKix.
"I started making videos on YouTube showing people what I dyed and what I came up with," he said in the interview. "It was transformed into a big enough movement that I closed my real estate business, I left the airlines, and now it's all YouTube."