TikTok star Cooper Noriega, 19, was found dead in the parking lot of a Los Angeles shopping center just hours after a video was posted about the dying youth.
Police received a 911 call Thursday from someone who found the young influencer unresponsive in a parking lot, TMZ reported.
It came hours after he posted a video of himself lying in bed with the caption “Who else B thinks he’s going to die young”.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office, his death is currently under investigation.
TikTok star Cooper Noriega was found dead in the parking lot of a Los Angeles mall on Thursday. His death is currently under investigation
Hours before his death, he posted a video of himself lying in bed with the caption “Who else is B thinking he’s going to die young?”
Sources told TMZ that Noriega was not inside the car when he was found and there appeared to be no signs of trauma on his body.
Noriega has amassed 1.77 million followers on TikTok where he mainly blogs about skateboarding, fashion and comedy. He also has 427,000 followers on Instagram, where he introduced himself as a model.
Just last week, he appeared as a guest on Barstool’s BFF podcast with Dave Portnoy, Josh Richards, and Bri Chickenfry.
On June 5, Noriega revealed that he had started a Discord group to thoroughly discuss mental health.
Noriega wrote in his autobiography, “I’ve been struggling with addiction since I was 9, you might think that’s crazy but that’s the life I’ve dealt with.
“I would like to use the influence that has been given to me to create a space built on awareness and normalization of talk about mental illness.”
He also added that he dreamed of opening his own rehabilitation facility for those suffering like him.
“One of the many things I’ve learned while struggling with addiction is that surrounding yourself with negative people will only lead to your frustration,” Noriega wrote. “For this reason, Discord aims to bring us all together and create a safe space where people can vent and help others during their difficult times.”
Noriega told fans he experienced an ‘overdose/attempted suicide’ on fentanyl in 2020, but by January 2021, he celebrated 90 days of sobriety and kept his promise to stay clean.
Last year, Noriega celebrated cleanliness after suffering what he called a “fatal overdose/attempted suicide” on fentanyl in 2020.
Noriega discussed his struggle with addiction and said his goal is to open a rehabilitation facility to help others. Filmed on June 5, sharing a mental health Discord access
The 19-year-old said he had been suffering from addiction for a decade
One of Noriega’s last appearances (right) was on the popular Barstool’s BFF podcast
Many have taken to social media to mourn the sudden departure of the TikTok celebrity.
A Twitter user holding the handle Bellhuddy said he was saddened by 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 such a great friend to Jaden. We love you so much, hope you are at peace wherever you are.
Holly Rodrigo, another Twitter user, noticed how the news of Noriega’s death had brought horrific meanings to the latest TikTok.
“The fact that this was one of his last posts is so devastating, rest in peace Cooper Noriega,” Rodrigo wrote.
Twitter user Roger also mourned Noriega and said the influencer’s mental health group Discord had already helped him with his own issues.
“The controversy over Cooper Noriega’s mental health has helped me a lot,” Roger wrote. ‘He should have spoken to us there we would have helped him right away.
“I can’t believe this is happening, this is not okay.”
Many have taken to social media to mourn the loss of a TikTok celebrity
Those on Tik Tok, Noriega’s primary form of communication with fans, were in absolute disbelief.
Is the news real? I’m sad and can’t imagine how his family and friends are feeling, one user wrote with the handle li.vt7. ‘Fly high.’
Another TikTok fan of the handle, adriannagaskill, wrote, “Someone please tell me it’s not true that he hasn’t actually gone.”
One Tik Tok user with the handle Chloe wrote simply, “I hope this isn’t true but rest easy Cooper.”