Hayes Grier, the 16-year-old social media star, was in a car crash on Thursday. His fans took to Twitter to “#PrayForHayes,” which is trending in the U.S. Others were tweeting “#HayesIsDeadParty.” The crash was serious, but Nash Grier, Hayes’ equally famous older brother, tweeted that he will survive. A rep for Grier also confirmed that he was in an accident.
Here’s a look at Grier and what we know about his car accident.
1. Nash Announced the Crash & Posted a Text That Said Hayes Suffered a Concussion
At 5 p.m. ET, Nash Grier, 18, revealed to his 5.63 million followers that his younger brother was in a car crash. “Just got a call on set that said Hayes was in a crash. He’s now in the hospital,” he wrote. Then he added, “Damn I hate hearing shit like that on the phone scared me to death.”
About 50 minutes later, Nash Grier posted a text message he received that confirmed that his brother suffered a concussion, fractured two ribs and is “in a lot of pain.” Nash Grier added, “Phew.”
Grier’s rep told Entertainment Tonight’s Brendon Geoffrion that, “He’s under great care.”
Nash Grier later told one fan that the family “is fine it just came as a shock.”
2. The Nash Brothers Have Over 16 Million Followers on Vine Combined
Their Twitter pages have even more followers, which explains why #PrayForHayes began trending almost the moment Nash Grier tweeted it. Grier has 3.53 million followers.
The brothers starred in an Aerostople campaign for clothing design by Bethany Mota in 2014. They were joined by other Vine stars Cameron Dallas and Carter Reynolds. “Honestly I actually don’t believe it’s happening. I kind of think it’s still a dream. It’s surreal,” Nash Grier told Twist of that campaign.
3. Their Older Brother is a Quarterback Engaged to a Former Cheerleader
Nash and Hayes Grier’s older brother is Will Greer, a former Florida quarterback who transferred to West Virginia. However, he likely won’t play until next year due to a year-long suspension for using an NCAA-banned substance.
Will Grier and Jeanne Marie O’Neil, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader, are engaged and expecting their first child.
The two younger brothers celebrated becoming uncles on Twitter.
4. Grier Starred on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Last Fall
Grier went on to sign with Creative Artists Agency, although Nash Grier went with William Morris Endeavor, Variety notes. Grier and his brother also used the Social Bet Challenged App to challenge their followers for charitable causes.
In July 2016, Grier was picked to star in a reality series that will be available on Verizon’s Go90 called Top Grier.
5. Grier Almost Influenced the NBA All-Star Game
Grier almost helped Dallas Mavericks Center Zaza Pachulia become an NBA All-Star, but he made one big mistake. As Fan Sided notes, Grier asked his Twitter followers to tweet “#NBAVOTEZAZA.” However, the NBA wanted Pachulia’s fans to include the player’s last name in the hashtag. Grier even caused the wrong hashtag to trend on Twitter worldwide.
Pachulia ended up losing the vote for the last All-Star spot by just 14,227 votes.