Dark side of TikTok exposed as rising stars die from suicide, addiction, shootings and stunts like Timbo the Redneck
TIKTOK stars have become the latest set of celebrities but the dark side of the app has seen its rising talent die from suicide, addiction, shootings, and stunts for their account.
Timbo the Redneck on Saturday became the latest in a string of young deaths among the app’s favorite personas after his truck landed on top of him while he was doing donuts.
Anthony Barajas, Ethan Peters, Dazharia Shaffer, and Caitlyn Loane are among the other big TikTok names who have tragically died over the past year as their followings hit their peak.
With more users than ever flooding TikTok during the Covid pandemic, fans have been hit hard by the sudden deaths.
“He can't be dead, he was just getting started,” one follower said of Timbo’s death this week.
"You will be missed and never forgotten,” others added.
TIMBO THE REDNECK
Timbo the Redneck died last weekend aged 18 after he flew out the window and his truck landed on top of him while he was doing donuts.
His mother, Tassie, shared a video to his TikTok account confirming that her son died on Saturday after a "bad accident."
Timbo, real name Timothy Hall, had been performing tricks in his truck when the vehicle flipped, his brother-in-law confirmed in another post.
Tony said: "He passed away this Saturday in a truck crash with his girlfriend, Kori, out in the front yard of his friend Jay's house. He was doing donuts in the front yard in JD's house."
Going into detail on the incident, Tony added that while doing donuts "the truck just flipped over and he flew out the driver's side window and the truck landed on top of him."
He added that Timbo's girlfriend was there when he was doing the stunts, however, it is unclear if she was injured.
The rising star had accumulated over 2million likes on the app and over 200,000 followers.
Since his passing, fans have donated almost $10,000 for funeral costs on a now-closed GoFundMe.
Influencer Anthony Barajas, 19, died on July 31 after being shot at the cinema and spending several days on life support.
Barajas was shot in the eye in the movie theater in Corona, California, while he was on a first date with 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich watching the movie “Purge.”
She was fatally shot in the head and died at the scene.
The next day cops arrested suspect Joseph Jimenez on murder and robbery charges.
Authorities say the shooting was unprovoked and they do not believe Jimenez knew the victims.
Barajas had amassed nearly 1million TikTok followers and had over 35million likes on his videos posted to the platform.
A GoFundme for the influencer has already raised over $74,000 to cover medical fees, surpassing its goal, after it was started by his family.
The fund's organizer, Julia Barajas, wrote: "Anthony was the light of so many peoples' [sic] lives and there are tough times ahead, but we have amazing family and friends to get through this."
Beauty guru Ethan is Supreme, real name Ethan Peters, died in September 2020 aged 17 after reportedly struggling with drug addiction.
Peters was a popular beauty and make-up influencer known for his outlandish style and quirky social media posts.
His friend Ava Louise announced the sad news on Twitter, saying she was "lost for words" at the YouTuber's death.
She has claimed that the makeup artist, who had hit half a million followers on Instagram, was battling drug addiction.
She posted on Twitter: "About a year ago he turned to drugs due to the pressure of being famous online at such a young age.
"He became problematic recently due to drug-induced mania.
"Ethan had an addiction and addiction should not be shamed.
"I’m openly discussing his cause of death to save the next kid from a perc.
"He was so bright and so smart. He needed to live.
In his last social media message, posted on September 5, 2020, Ethan shared a message with people that had bullied him in the past.
"Would just like to thank everyone who bullied me," he wrote.
"I do this like once every year to see how much I’ve changed and the only thing that hasn’t is the dark circles sksks."
TikTok dancer Swavy died from a gunshot wound in Delaware in early July.
On July 5, 2021, a friend of Swavy's, Damaury Mikula, first confirmed his death.
In a YouTube video titled “Rest up Bro”, he revealed that he was shot, saying: “He got shot and I just want to let you all know that I’m about to take over for that ****. All he did was make videos bro. He is real as hell.”
Cops said that the 19-year-old star, whose real name was Matima Miller, was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
The motive of the shooting remains unknown and an investigation is ongoing.
Fans paid tribute to the influencer who was renowned for posting comedy videos and boasted around 98million likes on social media.
"On the behalf of our family, we would like to say thank you for the continued support and love for Matima Miller also known as Swavy or Babyface," his family wrote online.
"Unfortunately, due to legality, we are not able to provide much information on the events surrounding his passing. However, the family is working diligently to get justice for Swavy."
Swavy had more than 2.3million followers on TikTok and boasted over 350,000 fans on Instagram.
His username was @babyface.s.
More commonly known by her username bxbygirldee, 18-year-old Dazharia Shaffer reportedly died by suicide in February.
Her death was confirmed on February 9 but her father, Joseph Santiago.
"I just want to thank everyone for their love and support of my daughter," he wrote next to a TikTok montage of pictures of her.
"Unfortunately she is no longer with us and has gone to a better place."
The teenager, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was a TikTok star with 1.4million followers.
She also had a YouTube page where she would vlog her life and attempt viral challenges.
The social media star had also just opened her own beauty line before her death.
"This might look very easy but trust me it’s not especially since I’m the only worker lol … I have to do so many things but I’m grateful for this !” she said.
Maine TikTok star Rochelle Hager died in March after a tree fell on her during a freak car accident.
According to local law enforcement, the internet sensation was going down a street in Farmington when high winds gusted a tree into her windshield at more than 50 MPH.
The 31-year-old was reportedly killed instantly.
Police Chief Charles called the accident "tragic and unique."
"There was nothing she could do to avoid it," the officer told Press Herald in a statement.
No other individuals were hurt in the incident which prompted road closures for nearly two hours.
Hager's partner and fellow TikTok star, Brittanie Lynn, posted an emotional tribute after her death was confirmed.
"I can't eat or sleep. All I can do is make videos and wish you were here with me #rip #myangel," she wrote.
Over the last year, Hager gained a large following on the video-sharing platform.
She garnered over 1.2 million likes and had over 123,000 followers on TikTok.
Australian sensation Caitlyn Loane, 19, died by suicide on July 8.
The farmer had become popular on TikTok for documenting her daily life working in Northern Tasmania's agriculture industry.
Loane worked at her family’s 600-hectare property as a livestock manager in the Latrobe area of Tasmania and was known for her passion for cattle.
She had planned to take over the family business when she got older.
Speaking of their loss, Caitlyn's father Phillip Loane said: "Words can't describe our loss.
"She was a lovely, crazy young woman who was an invaluable member of our family."
Loane's mother Richele said her daughter’s “smile lit up the room” and that she “wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.”
Just days before, she had posted a haunting final clip to her tens of thousands of followers.
The video depicts a photo montage of the pioneering farmer’s life set to a song.
It asks: “How far would you drive for the girl of your dreams?”
In the caption, she wrote, “How about Tasmania?”
Her TikTok page had a following of over 50k people and 700k likes.
Siya Kakkar from New Delhi, India, tragically died by suicide last June after her family claimed she “received threats.”
The news of her death was confirmed by her manager Arjun Sarin, who managed all her work and endorsements.
"This must be due to something personal…work-wise she was doing well,” he said in a statement at the time.
"I had a word with her last night for a new project and she sounded normal.
"Me and my company Fame Experts manage lots of artists and Siya was a bright talent. I am heading to her home in Preet Vihar."
Kakkar was a keen dancer and was featured on various choreography how-to videos on the "Fluid Dance Academy" YouTube channel.
According to reports, the family of the 16-year-old TikTok star has asked for a detailed police investigation into her death.
Kakkar had garnered a large online following before her death with 1million TikTok fans.
She also had over 104k followers on Instagram and amassed over 1.1 million followers on TikTok.
Chinese influencer Xiaoqiumei died after falling 160ft while videoing herself with her phone still in her hand when she crashed to the ground.
The tower crane operator, who had more than 100,000 followers, regularly shared videos of her daily life and occupation operating the huge crane.
According to reports from local media, she was 23 years old and was the mother of two young children.
Eyewitnesses who saw her fall to the ground said she had her phone in her hand while the tragedy unfolded when most of her co-workers had left the site.
Video being shared widely online is reportedly the footage Xiaoqiumei was shooting as it bounced down the crane – although her family has denied that she would have been filming while making her descent.
They added that she was a professional at work, and kept her mobile phone in her bag during working hours.
Despite this, her family had confirmed she fell to her death while returning from a shift operating the crane near her home in the prefecture-level city of Quzhou, in western China's Zhejiang Province.
They said that she simply missed a step and fell as a result.
Chinese social media star Ram died in October last year after reports said she had been set on fire by her ex-husband during a live broadcast.
She had been in a coma for a month before her death.
The motive behind the sadistic attack, which left Ram with burns on 90 percent of her body, remains unclear.
However, some reports suggest the husband was seeking revenge after she divorced him.
Named in local media as Tang, the alleged attacker was reportedly armed with a meat cleaver when he allegedly broke into the home.
The couple had two young sons together.
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