Grant Thompson Death: YouTube King Of Random Star Dies Aged 38 In Paragliding Accident
Grant Thompson who is best known for "The King of Random" YouTube channel has unfortunately passed away after a paragliding accident. This will come as a devastating blow to his 11 million followers who knew him as a passionate and enthusiastic content creator. Grant, a self-confessed thrill seeker, took off on a paragliding trip on July 29 and never returned home.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) said a report came in on Monday about an overdue paraglider who had gone off the radar near the Sand Hollow State Park. Reportedly the caller stated that the paraglider should have returned home an hour earlier, and he couldn't be reached on his mobile. This sparked a massive search resulting in the tragic discovery of his body.
Grant was found using GPS data and a helicopter. The WCSO said detectives found his paragliding equipment at the crash site and a recording device which they'll review to determine the cause.
A WCSO statement read: "Volunteers with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and a Life Flight helicopter were requested to assist in locating the pilot. Dispatchers were able to obtain an updated GPS location of the pilot's cell phone. As the helicopter approached the area, they were able to locate the pilot's body."
Who is Grant Thompson?
Grant Thompson is a YouTuber who became popular by posting science-based videos. He liked to debunk myths, create DIY kits, try out life hacks and complete experiments. He was so popular that his channel became the 231st most subscribed to on the popular platform. He also had 362K followers on Instagram. Grant's brother, Mark, recently told TMZ that the YouTube star only got into paragliding "around five months ago". His passion for all things in the air is no surprise as he worked as an airline pilot for 11 years before quitting to work on his YouTube channel full time.
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What is the King of Random?
The King of Random was Grant's YouTube channel where he concocted crazy experiments. In his own words he told Mediakix: "I just started tinkering and learning about how the world works, which was inspired kind of by the idea of the Great Recession from the housing collapse. I was learning about things. I started making videos on YouTube showing people what I was tinkering with and what I was coming up with"
Many fans, including controversial YouTuber Logan Paul, have paid their respects to the star.
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. @thekingofrandom pic.twitter.com/9jrZL1V64i
- Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) July 30, 2019
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and fans of Grant Thompson.