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

Last Updated: July 3, 2017 @ 5:55 PM

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.

As some of you know our dear friend @stevieryan is no longer with us. I know how difficult it is for certain media outlets and trolls to be respectful during this sensitive time. Stevie's fans, friends & family know what an amazing human she is. She's deeply missed. A true friend! She was an amazing one woman acting, writing, & producing talent. A great comedic mind & satirical genius in a male dominated industry. You started this conversation privately but ended it publicly for those who didn't truly know your struggles to unfairly judge. I promise to grieve and then do something in your name because depression is now my fucking enemy. Always touched by your presence dear. This is not good bye, it's just see you later boo. ????

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

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