Stevie Ryan of the YouTube series “Little Loca,” was found dead in her home on Saturday, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office ruling her death as “suicide by hanging.” No further information about the circumstances in which she died was made available.
Getting recognition and fame through her YouTube series “Little Loca,” Stevie later switched over to doing celebrity impressions on the video platform. She did a similar gig on the VH1 sketch series called “Stevie TV,” doing parodies of pop icons, actors, films and TV shows but the program met its end after only the second season.
Speaking to “The Hollywood Reporter” in 2012 Stevie had said in reference to Little Loca, “I remember waking up and one Little Loca video had like 900 hits and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s people watching this?’
“And it just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing. And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”
Stevie was the co-host in a recent “podcast about depression” titled “Mentally Ch(ill).” In the last episode, released just two days before she decided to take her own life, she made public the news of her grandfather’s death on Thursday.
She even grieved his death on Instagram:
In the last episode she did hint about her state of mind when she said “I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” but who was to know that she was contemplating ending her life despite the fact that she even discussed suicide with co-host Kristen Carney on the show. It is only with the benefit of hindsight that we are reading more into her statements.
Carney tweeted on Monday, “RIP @StevieRyan The coolest girl I’ve ever known.”
RIP @StevieRyan 💔❤️💔The coolest girl I’ve ever known.
— Kristen Carney (@KristenCarney) July 3, 2017
Born on June 2, 1984, in Riverside, California, Stevie Kathleen Ryan was two years old when her family moved to Victorville where she graduated from Silverado High School in 2002.
She decided to relocate to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue a career in show biz.
All through 2006 and 2007, she was involved in booking various commercial projects in addition to filming, acting, and editing videos which she uploaded on the internet.
In 2010, she got her first major break when New Wave Entertainment got in touch with her after viewing an online parody of one of their shows. It was to set the stage for the VH1 sketch comedy series “Stevie TV,” which was basically parodies of actors, films, and television shows. The show ran from March 4, 2012, through July 12, 2013. VH1, however, discontinued the show in February 2014.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).