Internet and TV personality Stevie Kathleen Ryan, best known for her YouTube series Little Loca and her VH1 comedy series Stevie TV, was found dead Saturday at her home in what the L.A. County Coroner’s Office is ruling a suicide by hanging. She was 33 years old.
Ryan first made her mark on the pop culture landscape with her comedy series Little Loca, where she gained media attention and millions of viewers through her various celebrity impressions. She hosted her own sketch comedy series Stevie TV on VH1 from 2012-2013; and later co-hosted Sex with Brody, a talk show on E! showcasing Brody Jenner and also included relationship therapist Dr. Mike Dow.
More recently, Ryan was co-host of Mentally Ch(ill), a podcast about depression with Kristen Carney. In an episode of the podcast that discussed how losing a loved one could impact depression and released two days before her death, Ryan had opened-up about her grandfather having recently passed and that she was having a hard time dealing with the loss. She even took to social media to try to express her pain:
Ryan’s Mentally Ch(ill) co-host Carney took to Twitter to express her thoughts on Monday: “RIP @StevieRyan The coolest girl I’ve ever known.”
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Here are some highlights from Ryan’s career: