TikTok star Cooper Noriega has died. He was 19.
Noreiga, a social media influencer with over 1.8 million followers on TikTok, was pronounced dead at the scene in a parking lot in Burbank, California, Thursday evening, People reported, citing a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Noriega’s cause of death has been deferred, which “means that after an autopsy, a cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner is requesting more investigation.”
“Once the tests/studies come back, the doctor evaluates the case again and makes the cause of death determination,” the spokesperson added.
The TikTok star was not in a vehicle when he was discovered unconscious in the mall parking lot, unnamed law enforcement sources told TMZ. There were no signs of trauma on his body, and no foul play is suspected at this time, according to the outlet’s sources.
Hours before his death, Noriega posted a video on TikTok with the message, “Who else b thinking they gon die young af (sic).”
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Noriega’s last post on TikTok was a collab with fellow influencer Bryce Hall. “Bryce honestly too funny,” he wrote in the caption.
Following Noriega’s death, Hall commented, “I love you so much.”
Other social media stars also paid tribute to Noriega in the comments section of the post.
“Love you, Coop,” Peyton Jordan wrote, while Sam Vicchiollo commented, “I hope you finally have peace. I love you so fucking much Cooper.”
Kory Little commented, “Man, wish we could be hopping on fort talking smack to each other again… you will be missed, Coop.”
“Rip brother, you will be missed man by many!” Pyrce commented with a pleading face and red heart emojis.
“My heart hurts,” fellow influencer Blake Gray wrote. “It doesn’t feel real. Please tell me it’s not real. You always had the most positive energy no matter where we were. Rest easy, Coop.”
“Can’t believe I just saw you. I am so lucky to have known you, Coop. Love you,” wrote Madison Monroe Williams, or Madi Monroe.
Anthony Reeves, also known as Luv Anthony, commented, “You’re my best f–king friend, Coop. I love you so much. Rest easy.”
A week ago, Noriega admitted on Barstool’s “BFFs” podcast that he was very “insecure” when he first joined TikTok because he was overweight at the time and had started using drugs before he turned 10.
“I mean, we’re talking Xanax, Adderall, marijuana, nicotine,” he told host Dave Portnoy, who replied, “Nine [years old], that’s crazy. I didn’t even know I was playing G.I. Joe when I was 9.”
On Sunday, Noriega announced on Instagram that he “created a Discord for mental health strictly.”
In the channel, the influencer admitted that he had been struggling with addiction since he was 9 and that he wanted to “eventually open a rehab where people aren’t traumatized at the end of their recovery, and where the staff members are trusted people.”