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YouTuber Grant Thompson, known as The King of Random, died during a paramotoring accident in Utah. As it turns out, Thompson filmed the parachute malfunction he experienced and his subsequent death, according to TMZ.
The YouTube star has over 11 million subscribers and was known for vlogging wonky experiments. Thompson went missing on Monday after his parachute broke due to a change in the wind. Local authorities led a massive search that day and found him dead on early Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement told TMZ that the video he filmed helped them piece together what happened. The video shows that the wind impaired his parachute–an impairment he was well aware of. By the time he deployed his extra parachute, it was too late. He died on impact only four seconds after experiencing the parachute malfunction.
On the day of his death, Thompson’s team posted a memorial video on his YouTube channel, asking people to share their thoughts for him on the channel.
“Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random,” his team wrote. “Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created.”
Law enforcement will not make the last video Thompson filmed available to the public out of respect for his family. Thompson was 38 years old at the time of his death.
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Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.