What happened to Grant Thompson? Remembering The King of Random

Grant Thompson, in Memoriam

The King of Random nurtured a spark of creativity in us all.

For every strange and curious thought that has passed your mind, there's probably a YouTube video catering to it. 

The site is filled to bursting with challenges, experiments, stunts and more, offering us all a database to explore our imaginative questions. Across YouTube, there are some really terrific channels which consistently explore such random ideas; they may not sound tackle pressing questions, but they certainly make for some great, light entertainment. 

Wanna see someone make a raft out of rice cakes? Can you fix a plate with milk? Wanna make LEGO candy? These aren't questions you'll come across or ponder every day, if at all. However, when you see that someone has asked them and, indeed, answered them in a video, it's hard to turn away. 

The above examples have all been explored by YouTube heavyweight... the one and only The King of Random. 

The King Of Random

Remembering The King of Random?

If you're interested in the weird and wonderful side of YouTube, chances are you've seen a number of The King's videos and consider yourself a fan; his channel is pretty hard to resist. 

The channel - at the time of writing - boasts a whopping 11,634,290 subscribers. Why so many? Because Grant Thompson always delivered unique, intriguing and hugely enjoyable content. He and his friends have embarked on so many hilarious and awesome projects, but sadly, there has been some heartbreaking news. 

He achieved what most YouTuber's can only dream of - earning a devoted, regular audience who tuned into every video regardless of the subject. If Grant and the gang were in it, it was worth watching.  

What happened to Grant Thompson?

As reported by Variety, Grant tragically passed away on Monday, 29th July 2019 in a paragliding accident; he was just 38-years-old.

The same source notes that his body was found on Tuesday morning in St. George, Utah, following his family filing a missing person’s report the night prior, as outlined by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to Grant's GPS locator, officials were quickly able to discover his whereabouts. 

A post on The King of Random's Instagram page reads: "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 honor of The King of Random. Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created."


A YouTube legend

It's incredibly saddening news, but it's important not to forget just how much joy he instilled in his millions of fans. 

Through his work, he inspired so many of us to think outside of the box and get creative, encouraging us to pursue the bizarre and quirky. In the channel's bio, it says: "We make videos dedicated to exploring life..." and there is perhaps no better way to put it. 

The King of Random explored life, and in doing that, he made millions of ours so much better. Thank you. 

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