Cooper Noriega, a TikTok influencer who had 2.3 million followers, was found dead in a parking lot last Thursday, according to records reviewed by Us Weekly. He was 19 years old.
Just 19 days earlier, he asked his followers, “Who else thinks they died young?”
Los Angeles County medical examiner records did not reveal a cause of death and the case is still under investigation. Noriega told his followers about his mental health and addiction struggles, most recently saying on TikTok that he launched a Discord server where people can share their stories.
“If you really want to vent your emotions, or anything, come join us,” he said in a video. “I created [the Discord] because of how much i love you guys and how much i fight with myself. I want you not to be alone and [to] to feel safe.”
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He continued, “I would like to use the influence given to me to create a space built on raising awareness and normalizing discussions about mental illness. One of the many things I’ve learned from battling addiction is that surrounding yourself with negative people will only depress you. For this reason, Discord is meant to bring us all together and create a safe space where people can let off steam and help others through their tough times.
His followers started leaving messages on his TikTok supporting him and saying they would miss him. Two days ago, Noriega posted a video captioned: “Who else thinks they died young?” He was in bed, unlike many of his posts which featured outfits, lip-syncing and dancing videos.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that can provide people in a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress, or those around them, with a local support, information and resources.