Popular YouTube and YouNow star, Hannah Stone, has tragically been found dead aged just 16.
Hannah, who was an avid vlogger on the site, a live-streaming social network, sadly passed away just weeks before her 17th birthday after a suspected suicide, reports Metro.
Born in New York, Hannah boasted a huge 375,000 fans on YouNow, a site which allows people to sing and chat to other like minded vloggers.
Recognised as a highly talented singer on the site, she was listed as an editor’s choice under the #singing hashtag.
One of her most popular songs, The 5quad Song, which was dedicated to a former group on the network, was viewed by over 72,000 people on YouTube.
Members of the 5quad group have since posted heartbreaking tributes to Hannah in the immediate aftermath of her untimely passing.
i remember the day we met like it was yesterday! ://? such a talented beautiful amazing girl! rip hannah, ur in a better place now ❤️ pic.twitter.com/D2Z4hnl4VQ
— Zach Clayton (@bruhitszach) November 1, 2017
You have a purpose in this world. You are important. You are loved. If you think no one cares, know that I do. Never forget that. RIP H.
— Edwin Burgos (@edtertaining) November 1, 2017
Even YouNow themselves posted a message to Hannah, writing: ‘Deeply saddened to hear about Hannah Stone. Such a beautiful, talented spirit who will always be in our hearts. RIP angel’.
Deeply saddened to hear about Hannah Stone❤️Such a beautiful, talented spirit who will always be in our hearts. RIP angel✨
— YouNow (@YouNow) November 1, 2017
Hannah’s last tweet was posted just weeks ago simply saying that she was live on YouNow:
Prior to that was another tweet which read:
I'll never be able to describe how sorry I am
— hannah((: (@Iamhannahstone) September 16, 2017
Hannah’s brother also posted this message telling everybody to pray for his sister:
During this tough time, Hannah’s brother Speaks! He’s asking for everybody to PRAY for him & his family. (He asked us to post this) ♥️ pic.twitter.com/QOKCQZcjhR
— MessyMonday (@MESSYMONDAY) November 3, 2017
Testament to her popularity, thousands of people have been tweeting about their heartbreak at the news of Hannah’s death:
When we lost Christina Grimmie, Heaven gained a beautiful voice.
Today, we lost Hannah Stone. Another voice gained.
My dms are 100% open?
— vanessa ;) (@hugginqwdw) November 1, 2017
It’s sad how silent depression actually is and we don’t realize it until something horrible happens. R.I.P Hannah Stone ?
— Kay (@kayyfosterr) November 1, 2017
Silent Depression takes so many beautiful lives it’s so upsetting:( RIP Hannah stone gone far too early <3
— NATHAN GRISDALE (@NathanGrisdale) November 2, 2017
R.I.P Hannah Stone :(
— LilyMHayes (@Lilymhayess) November 3, 2017
Can’t shake this feeling off, my heart has been hurting for 2 days straight ?? R.I.P. HANNAH
— RIP HANNAH STONE ? (@Contasiaa) November 3, 2017
can't believe Hannah Stone is not with us anymore
— Roger Melo (@r_waters) November 3, 2017
Our thoughts go out to Hannah’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.