TikTok star Cooper Noriega, 19, was found dead in a Los Angeles mall parking lot just hours after posting a video about dying young.
Police had gotten a 911 call on Thursday from someone who found the young influencer unresponsive in the parking lot, TMZ reported.
It came hours after he posted a video of himself lying in bed with the caption, ‘Who else b thinking they gon die young af.’
His death is currently under investigation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.
TikTok star Cooper Noriega, pictured, was found dead in a Los Angeles mall parking lot on Thursday. His death is currently under investigation
Hours before his death, he posted a video himself lying in bed with the caption, ‘Who else b thinking they gon die young af’
Sources told TMZ that Noriega was not inside a vehicle when he was found and there appeared to be no signs of trauma to his body.
Noriega had amassed 1.77 million followers on TikTok where he mainly vlogs about skateboarding, fashion and comedy. He also has 427,000 followers on Instagram, where he listed himself as a fashion model.
Just last week, he had appeared as a guest on the Barstool’s BFF’s podcast with Dave Portnoy, Josh Richards and Bri Chickenfry.
One June 5, Noriega revealed that he had started a Discord group strictly to discuss mental health.
In his bio, Noriega wrote, ‘I’ve been struggling with addiction since I was 9 years old, you may think that’s crazy but that’s the life I’ve been dealt.
‘I would like to use the influence I’ve been given to create a space built on spreading awareness and normalizing talking about mental illness.’
He also added that it was his dream to open his own rehab facility for those who struggled like him.
‘One of the many things I’ve learned while struggling with addiction was that surrounding yourself with negative people will only bring you down,’ Noriega wrote. ‘For that reason, Discord is meant to bring us all together and create a safe space where people can vent and help others through their tough times.’
Noriega told fans that he suffered an ‘overdose/suicide attempt’ on fentanyl in 2020, but by January 2021, he celebrated 90 days sober and committed to his vow to stay clean.
Last year, Noriega celebrated getting clean after suffering what he called ‘a deadly overdose/suicide attempt’ on fentanyl in 2020
Noriega discussed his struggle with addiction and said it was his goal to open a rehab facility to help others. He’s pictured on June 5, where he shared access to his mental health Discord
The 19-year-old said he had been struggling with addiction for a decade
One of Noriega’s (right) last big appearances was on the popular Barstool’s BFF’s podcast
Many took to social media to mourn the sudden passing of the TikTok celebrity.
A Twitter user with the handle Bellhuddy said he was heartbroken over Noriega’s death, writing, ‘I have so much to say and at the same time I can’t say anything.
‘Cooper Noriega you will be the most beautiful star in our sky, we will never forget you thank you for being an amazing friend to jaden. We love you so much, I hope you are at peace wherever you are.’
Holly Rodrigo, another Twitter user, noted how news about Noriega’s death brought horrific meaning to his final TikTok.
‘The fact this was one of his last posts is so devastating, rest in peace cooper noriega,’ Rodrigo wrote.
Twitter user with the handle Roger, also mourned Noriega and said the influencer’s mental health Discord group had actually helped him with his own problems.
‘Cooper Noriega’s mental health discord helped me so much,’ Roger wrote. ‘He should’ve talked to us there we would’ve helped him right away.
‘I can’t believe this is happening this is not okay.’
Many took to social media to mourn the loss of the TikTok celebrity
Those on Tik Tok, Noriega’s primary form of communication with fans, were in utter disbelief.
‘Are the news real? I’m heartbroken and can’t imagine how his family and friends are feeling,’ one user with the handle li.vt7 wrote. ‘Fly high.’
Another TikTok fan with the handle adriannagaskill wrote, ‘Plz someone tell me it’s not true he’s not actually gone plz.’
A Tik Tok user with the handle Chloe simply wrote, ‘Hoping it’s not true but rest easy cooper.’