12 YouTube Stars Who Tragically Died in the Past Year

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There is nothing that can prepare you for the death of a loved one. While you may not know a lot of your favorite celebrities and YouTube stars personally, that doesn’t mean that the pain you feel when they pass away isn’t incredibly real. YouTubers in particular actually begin to feel like close friends because of how their daily lives wind up becoming such a central part of your own.

2016 has been a year of highs and lows, especially in the YouTube community. Each and every single person on this list was so important and their passing still stings to this day.