YouTuber Grant Thompson, aka ‘The King of Random,’ Killed in Paragliding Accident

YouTube star Grant Thompson died Monday, July 29, and the internet is in mourning. The King of Random star had over 11.6 million subscribers on his popular channel, which features videos of Grant going on adventures and conducting all kinds of experiments.

So how did Grant Thompson die? And how would his loved ones like you to honor his legacy? Here’s what you need to know.

How did Grant Thompson die?

Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Grant was killed in a paragliding crash in southern Utah late Monday. A news release from the Washington County sheriff’s office said the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Authorities were able to recover the crashed paraglider as well as video taken during the flight. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that no foul play was suspected in Grant’s tragic death.

Grant got into paragliding around March 2019.

Grant’s brother, Mark, told TMZ the YouTube star got into paragliding around five months ago. He was also a fan of skydiving, flying, and other adventurous activities.

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Grant’s team asked fans to honor his legacy in a touching way.

On July 30, an update was posted to The King of Random‘s YouTube page. It read: “It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night. Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments.”

The statement continued, “Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random. Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created.”

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Grant’s fellow YouTubers are mourning this huge loss.

Grant’s charismatic, adventurous personality, and fun videos made an impact around the world. MatPat, the YouTuber behind The Game Theorists channel, tweeted, “So sad to learn about the tragic passing of YouTube’s King of Random, Grant Thompson.”

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“He was passionate and fearless with videos that inspired millions of future scientists,” MatPat continued. “You’re gone FAR too soon, but the HUGE positive impact you made will be felt for a long time.”

how did grant thompson die youtube tribute

Fans of The King of Random are heartbroken as well.

Longtime viewers of Grant’s channel took to social media to pay tribute to the talented YouTube star. Twitter user @ImproveYurself wrote, “Having watched and enjoyed hours of your great content, I am deeply heart broken and saddened — like all your loyal fans, I hoped the the news is fake but we have at some point to say our goodbyes. Thanks for all, the King of Random, Mr. Grant Thompson, you will be always remembered.”

Jake Roper tweeted, “Every time I saw Grant Thompson his passion, enthusiasm, and kindness was palpable when we would chat. You might be gone but we can still visit your old videos and spend time together. Rest in peace, Grant.”

Our thoughts are with Grant Thompson’s family, friends, and the entire King of Random team.

YouTuber Grant Thompson, aka ‘The King of Random,’ Killed in Paragliding Accident

YouTube star Grant Thompson died Monday, July 29, and the internet is in mourning. The King of Random star had over 11.6 million subscribers on his popular channel, which features videos of Grant going on adventures and conducting all kinds of experiments.

So how did Grant Thompson die? And how would his loved ones like you to honor his legacy? Here’s what you need to know.

How did Grant Thompson die?

Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Grant was killed in a paragliding crash in southern Utah late Monday. A news release from the Washington County sheriff’s office said the cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Authorities were able to recover the crashed paraglider as well as video taken during the flight. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that no foul play was suspected in Grant’s tragic death.

Grant got into paragliding around March 2019.

Grant’s brother, Mark, told TMZ the YouTube star got into paragliding around five months ago. He was also a fan of skydiving, flying, and other adventurous activities.

how did grant thompson die king of random

Grant’s team asked fans to honor his legacy in a touching way.

On July 30, an update was posted to The King of Random‘s YouTube page. It read: “It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night. Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments.”

The statement continued, “Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random. Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created.”

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how did grant thompson die youtube

Grant’s fellow YouTubers are mourning this huge loss.

Grant’s charismatic, adventurous personality, and fun videos made an impact around the world. MatPat, the YouTuber behind The Game Theorists channel, tweeted, “So sad to learn about the tragic passing of YouTube’s King of Random, Grant Thompson.”

“He was passionate and fearless with videos that inspired millions of future scientists,” MatPat continued. “You’re gone FAR too soon, but the HUGE positive impact you made will be felt for a long time.”

how did grant thompson die youtube tribute

Fans of The King of Random are heartbroken as well.

Longtime viewers of Grant’s channel took to social media to pay tribute to the talented YouTube star. Twitter user @ImproveYurself wrote, “Having watched and enjoyed hours of your great content, I am deeply heart broken and saddened — like all your loyal fans, I hoped the the news is fake but we have at some point to say our goodbyes. Thanks for all, the King of Random, Mr. Grant Thompson, you will be always remembered.”

Jake Roper tweeted, “Every time I saw Grant Thompson his passion, enthusiasm, and kindness was palpable when we would chat. You might be gone but we can still visit your old videos and spend time together. Rest in peace, Grant.”

Our thoughts are with Grant Thompson’s family, friends, and the entire King of Random team.

YouTube’s King of Random Grant Thompson FILMED his own parachute plunge death as investigators reveal freak gust caused accident

YOUTUBE star Grant Thompson filmed his own death after his parachute plunged from a freak wind gust whilst paragliding, investigators say.

The fatal crash was filmed on a camera mounted on Thompson’s paramotor, which law enforcement used to determine his cause of death.

 Grant Thompson was just 38 when he died in the paragliding accident

 The fatal crash was filmed on a camera mounted on Thompson's paramotor

The King of Random creator’s body was found on Tuesday using GPS data near the Sand Hollow State Park in Utah.

Authorities now believe a change in the updraft caused the parachute to malfunction, leading to the 38-year-old’s sudden death, TMZ reported.

Thompson died on impact, less than four seconds after the problem arose, law enforcement sources told the publication.

It is unclear if the parachute twisted but authorities reportedly said the video footage indicated that Thompson knew something was wrong but couldn’t recover because of a rapid loss in altitude.

He reportedly deployed his reserve parachute, but the chute did not deploy in time.

The footage has been deemed too gratuitous, gruesome and painful for public release.

Desperate search

It is understood the search was launched when he did not return home for an hour and his family couldn’t reach him on his phone.

Thompson had only started paragliding about five months earlier.

His body was tragically found along with paragliding equipment at the crash site.

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His family shared a tribute to Grant on his YouTube channel after the news was confirmed, urging fans to perform a “random act of love” to honour the star.

The statement read: “It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night.

“Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans.

“We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments.

“Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honour of ‘The King of Random’.

“Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created.”

Thompson had made a name for himself thanks to his YouTube Channel King of Random, which documented experiments, life hacks and weekend projects.

After launching in 2010, his channel garnered more than 11million subscribers and nearly 2.5billion total views.

He was the 321st most subscribed channel on YouTube.

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A YouTube spokesperson said: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted, passionate and endlessly curious creator.

“We send our deepest condolences to his loving family, The King of Random team and fans.”

Fellow YouTube star Logan Paul wrote on Twitter: “Stunned & heartbroken. A man full of vibrancy, curiosity, and passion. We’d talk back and forth about the ins & outs of the internet, mental health, and creative strategy. RIP brother.”

Fans have also paid tribute over social media, with one writing: “What a legend. May He Rest In Peace. You’ll Always live in our hearts.”

In November last year, Thompson shared an update with his Instagram followers alongside a photo of himself in paragliding gear.

He wrote: “Today I did something I’ve been nervous to try, and wanting to do ever since I saw pictures of it a decade ago.

“But I also like my life and don’t want to die just yet and the idea of strapping a giant propeller to my back has been a bit of a hindrance for getting into powered paragliding.

“I’m three days into training and have a week left.”

 Grant Thompson launched his YouTube channel in 2010

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