‘The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I’ll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa’
Stevie Ryan may not have appeared in any Hollywood movies but on YouTube she was a pioneer.
She created the character ‘Little Loca’ in 2006, and although she hadn’t been as active on the platform during the last five years, her channel had accumulated over 14 million views.
Her personal channel – simply entitled ‘Stevie Ryan’ – had been even more successful, racking up over 43 million views. The channel was particularly popular for its famous series Scene Kid Love which parodied the emo scene of the late noughties. However, this channel had also been neglected for several years.
Ryan built her fame from scratch and eventually managed to get her own TV show on VH1 entitled Stevie TV.
In recent years, she’d given up her comedy sketches to work on a podcast about depression together with Kristen Carney. In the latest episode of the ‘Mentally Ch(ill) podcast Ryan opened up about the passing away of her grandfather on 29 June – an event that had a huge impact on her. ‘I worry this will send me into a deeper depression,’ she said. ‘Or maybe it’ll take me out of my depression a little bit to see that life is short and we just don’t actually have as much time as we think we do with people we love and care about.’
Her ex-boyfriend, Drake and Josh star Drake Bell, shared this tweet on Monday, expressing his shock at the tragic news. Bell and Ryan dated in 2005.
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 3, 2017