YouTube Stars, WWE Wrestler, PETA Pay Tribute to Actress Stevie Ryan

“Please wake me from this nightmare,” actor Drake Bell tweets after star’s death ruled a suicide

People from multiple industries — from wrestling to PETA to YouTube — took to Twitter to pay tribute to Stevie Ryan, who died over the weekend after hanging herself.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a suicide. She was 33 years old.

Actor Drake Bell tweeted, “Please wake me from this nightmare,” while PETA and WWE wrestler Aleister Black paid their respects.


Internet celebrities such as Chris Crocker and Shane Dawson — both YouTubers — expressed their grief at her passing. Many who have earned fame on the internet spoke about how Ryan paved the way for them. Vlogger Matthew Lush called her an “innovator” while “Adam Ruins Everything” host Adam Conover said Ryan gave him one of his first writing jobs.


Ryan had been open about her struggles with depression. She recently co-hosted a podcast about living with the mental illness, called “Mentally Ch(ill)” with Kristen Carney. The two discussed living with depression while going about every day events, such as dating or dealing with the death of a family member.

“RIP Stevie Ryan… The coolest girl I’ve ever known,” Carney wrote on Twitter Monday.

Others on the social media platform hoped to remind users that if they suffered from depression, they should get help.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).