Cooper Noriega, a TikTok star, died at the age of 19
Cooper Noriega, a popular TikTok user, has died. He was 19 years old at the time.
A representative for the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner tells PEOPLE that Cooper Noriega was declared dead at the scene in a Burbank parking lot on Thursday evening.
His cause of death has been delayed, which “means that a cause of death has not been identified following an autopsy and the medical examiner has requested more research.”
“Once the tests/studies are completed, the doctor re-evaluates the case and determines the cause of death,” the representative continued.
The revelation was initially shared on social media by Barstool Sports‘ BFFs podcast, which posted a black-and-white photo of Noriega, who appeared on their BFFs show on June 1.
The tweet stated, “RIP Cooper Noriega.” “Life is a delicate thing. Take advantage of every opportunity.”
He shared a video on TikTok, where he has over 1.7 million followers, just before his death, with the message, “Who else b thinking they gon die young af?”
Noriega revealed on social media four days before his death that he was starting a Discord server dedicated to discussing mental health, and he asked his fans to join.
In a TikTok video, he added, “If you’re really into getting your feelings out, or anything, please join.” “I developed [the server] because I adore you guys and know how much I struggle with it.”
In a subsequent Instagram post, he said, “I’d like to use the power I’ve been given to build a space centred on spreading awareness and normalising talking about mental illness.” “One of the many things I’ve learned while battling addiction is that being around negative individuals just serves to pull you down.”
A GoFundMe campaign was set up to assist his family with funeral expenses as well as to memorialise “his ambition of helping individuals with mental health and addiction.”
Cooper planned to “build a rehab facility” and serve individuals “of all ages all around the world,” according to the organiser.
“Cooper, you will be sorely missed; you are so adored! May you find happiness, “The message came to an end.