Grant Thompson, known among his fans as the ‘King of Random,’ was a beloved YouTuber known for his clever science experiments and life hacks. He had millions of followers who were deeply saddened by the news of his tragic passing in a paragliding accident on July 29, 2019. This article will examine his life and accomplishments, delve into the cause of the accident, and discuss the memorials that have been held in his honor.
Grant Thompson: A Tragic Loss
Grant Thompson was the creator of the popular YouTube channel ‘The King of Random,’ which had over 11 million subscribers and 2.5 billion views at the time of his passing. He was a Utah resident and father of four children. His fans recall him fondly as someone who was passionate about exploring, creating, and learning. He was also an avid skydiver and paraglider.
Thompson’s passing was announced on his YouTube channel, which released a video tribute in his honor. His family posted a statement on his page that said, “It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night due to a paragliding accident. Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite everyone to share their love and positive memories of Grant in the comments and on social media using the hashtag #KingofRandom".
Fans around the world have expressed their shock and sadness at the news of Grant Thompson’s passing, and have paid tribute to him with heartfelt messages and condolences.
Cause of Paragliding Accident Revealed
The cause of the accident was ultimately revealed to be a mid-air collision with another paraglider. Thompson was in the air for approximately 40 minutes before the accident occurred. The other paraglider involved was a male in his forties who suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office reported that Thompson’s parachute collapsed mid-air, causing him to spiral towards the ground. The other paraglider was unable to avoid him, and the two collided in the air. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation into the accident concluded that the accident was not caused by any equipment malfunction or operator error. Rather, it was simply a tragic and unforeseeable accident.
Memorials for the King of Random
Grant Thompson’s family and friends have held memorials in his honor at multiple locations around the world. His family organized a memorial in his hometown of Lehi, Utah, which drew thousands of people. A private memorial was also held in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Thompson moved to pursue his YouTube career.
The memorials have been widely attended and celebrated Thompson’s life and accomplishments. His fans have shared stories and memories of him on social media, with many of them using the hashtag #KingofRandom created by Thompson’s family.
In addition to memorials, many of Thompson’s fans have set up scholarships and started fundraising campaigns in his name to benefit his family and his favorite charities.
Grant Thompson was a beloved YouTuber, skydiver, and paraglider who left an indelible mark on the lives of millions of people. His tragic death in a paragliding accident sent shock waves around the world. Despite the tragedy, his memory lives on in the hearts of his family, friends, and fans. Memorials in his honor have been held around the world, and his fans have set up scholarships and fundraising campaigns in his name to benefit his family and favorite charities. Thompson will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life, for his creativity and sense of adventure, and for his willingness to share it all with the world.