Comic actress Stevie Ryan has died at the age of 33 from a suspected suicide.
The young star shot to fame after moving to Hollywood at the age of 19, gaining popularity for her online videos that would often go viral.
Stevie wrote, filmed, edited and acted in the videos and soon attracted thousands of followers thanks to her brilliant celebrity impressions and hilarious sketches, with some YouTube videos reaching over a million viewers.
Stevie’s career shifted from online to television when VH1 caught wind of her popularity and gave the actress her own comedy TV series called ‘Stevie TV’.
Just three days before she was found dead in her Los Angeles home, the star tweeted her grief at losing her grandfather, sharing a photo of him on Twitter alongside the message: “The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams.
“I’ll miss you every day, forever. I love you my Pa.”
The Los Angeles Coroner’s office have confirmed that she died on 1 July, with the cause of death deemed suicide by hanging.
Stevie’s friends and fans have been paying tribute to the actress online since news of her death broke.
One friend wrote on Stevie’s Facebook page: “Stevie this hurts me so bad! I know you’ve been struggling and you were trying to get help. This doesn’t seem real.
“You are so beautiful and talented. You will never be forgotten!!”
Another added: “I can’t believe you’re gone. Such a bright star, gone way too soon.”
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