YouTube star Corey La Barrie died in a car crash on his birthday while driving around with Ink Master star Daniel Silva on Sunday night, according to TMZ. His mother and brother confirmed the news on Instagram. La Barrie was 25.
Police told the news outlet that the two men were driving around in a McLaren sports vehicle and “somehow crashed into a street sign and tree … The passenger took the brunt of the hit.” La Barrie and Silva were both transported to a hospital in Los Angeles by first responders. While Silva was treated for a broken hip, La Barrie was killed instantly, according to his mother Lissa Burton.
The Los Angeles Police Department told the Daily News that the crash occurred about 9:40 p.m. PT on the 4900 block of Carpenter Avenue near Riverside Drive in Valley Village. Police say the driver of the McLaren lost control and hit a pole, according to CBS 2.
The circumstances leading up to the car crash is still being investigated by authorities. Police told TMZ that La Barrie and Silva were at the YouTuber‘s birthday party earlier that evening. Silva is expected to be booked for murder. Witnesses told police that Silva, who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and his own popular YouTube channel, was drinking at the party before heading out with La Barrie.
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, La Barrie moved to Los Angeles and successfully built up a large following as a comedic social media influencer. His YouTube channel with Crawford Collins, Corey & Crawford, has 104,000 subscribers. His personal channel had amassed 334,000 subscribers. On Instagram, La Barrie had 192,000 followers.
Here’s what you need to know about Corey La Barrie:
1. His Brother Jarrad Claims Silva Was Driving Under the Influence on Sunday Night
La Barrie has two siblings: a sister named Jessica and a younger brother, Jarrad, who shared a moving memorial message on his Instagram page. In Jarrad’s tribute, he claims Silva was intoxicated while driving on the evening of May 10.
Jarrad wrote, “This isn’t something I thought I would ever have to sit here and type out for a very long time or what I wanna do right now but everyone deserves to know, my brother Corey passed away last night in a car accident with his drunk friend driving… this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I don’t how I’m supposed to do this without you.”
“I miss you so much already, this isn’t fair,” Jarrad continued. “Thank you for always being the best big brother I could ask for I love you so f***ing much life’s never gonna be the same without you R.I.P. P.S say hi to grandad and grandma for me. I love you.”
La Barrie’s mother, Lissa Burton, shared the same photo as Jarrad on Instagram after losing her son. She wrote, “My heart breaks right now, on my son’s 25th birthday today. He was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk diver. The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in loosening a child. It just feels so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with grief. I love you so much Corey and will miss you so so much. It’s just so unfair.”
2. His Final YouTube Upload Was Titled, ‘Deleting This Video in 24 Hours’
One day before his birthday, La Barrie made a video in which he discussed his upcoming birthday and how he was going to live-stream the celebration via Twitch at 1 p.m. Pacific time in which he’d be partying safely amid quarantine with his roommates.
Prior to his birthday weekend, La Barrie posted a series of videos about life while social distancing, growing a beard and hanging out with his roommates, who were continuously co-stars in his videos.
La Barrie’s final tweet thanked all his subscribers and followers for the birthday love. He tweeted, “Thank you for the birthday wishes love you guys! And if you have the intro to my stream how did you like it?”
3. La Barrie Lived With 3 of His Closest Friends & Fellow Social Media Influencers
La Barrie moved into a house in Los Angeles that he and his roommates dubbed “C4.” His roommates were Jc Caylen, who has 3.3 million Instagram followers; Crawford Collins, who has 1.2 million; and Chelsey Amaro, with 226,000 followers. Their home became popular enough that they created a separate Instagram account just for house-related content.
Due to coronavirus, much of the foursome’s content was related to social distancing. They played football games with toilet paper and celebrated Collins’ birthday with a house party in April.
4. La Barrie Was a Tennis Athlete in High School & College
Athletic skills seemed to run in the La Barrie family. His father was a professional football player in Australia, while his grandfather played cricket in the West Indies.
While a student at San Clemente High School, he lettered in track before graduating in 2013. La Barrie went 32-4 in singles and was a two-time division champion. La Barrie continued his studies at Saddleback College, where he joined the Gauchos’ men’s tennis squad. While at Saddleback, he majored in kinesiology.
La Barrie was also an avid snowboarder and a huge fan of basketball.
5. Tributes to La Barrie From Fans & Followers Poured in on Social Media
The news of La Barrie’s death came as a devastating shock to his friends and followers. Most of his followers were still wishing him “Happy Birthday” on Twitter before learning the tragic news. One user tweeted, “No, it can’t be true. If it is, I can’t thank you enough [for] what you have done for me, Corey. You will FOREVER have a place in my heart. Man idk what to say. I’m sorry to his family and friends.”
Another person tweeted, “Rip @coreylabarrie you were and always will be my inspiration. Thank you so much for putting so many smiles on so many faces. Ily forever x.”