Stevie Ryan, a YouTube star whose viral videos led to her own comedy show on the VH1 cable TV channel, died by suicide Saturday, July 1, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 33.
Stevie Kathleen Ryan was born June 2, 1984, in Victorville, California. When she was 19, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an entertainment career. In 2006 and 2007, she wrote, filmed, edited, and acted in parody videos that she posted on YouTube and elsewhere online.
Ryan invented characters including Little Loca and Sceney Sceneable. She also performed impersonations of stars including the singers Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Amy Winehouse. Some of her videos generated millions of views.
Ryan also worked on some commercial projects in continued pursuit of her career, but her videos were what got her noticed. In 2010, New Wave Entertainment approached her about creating her own TV show. The collaboration produced “Stevie TV,” a comedy series in which Ryan would send up pop culture and pop personalities.
In 2011, VH1 picked up Ryan’s show. “Stevie TV” was renewed for a second season but was canceled in 2014.
The day before she died, Ryan posted on social media about her grief over the death of her grandfather.
“The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams,” she tweeted. “I’ll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa,” she tweeted.
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