YouTube Star Famous For Lip Synching Dies At 27

YouTube star Keenan Cahill has died of complications due to surgery complications at age 27.

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

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YouTube star Keenan Cahill became famous for his YouTube videos in which he lip-synched along to famous musicians. This helped him gain a massive online following, but his online content has sadly come to an end. Cahill’s manager David Graham confirmed to TMZ that the online star had open heart surgery on December 15 and died due to complications from the surgery on December 29 at the age of 27.

Family and friends held out hope that YouTube legend Keenan Cahill would still pull through. After complications arose from the open heart surgery, the young man was placed on life support, with everyone hoping firmly for a recovery. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and he was eventually taken off life support, dying soon afterward.

If you’ve been on YouTube for a long time, you understand how significant Keenan Cahill’s channel and videos really are. He was one of the first YouTube users to get more than 500 million views for his content, and this helped to prove how easily everyday people could become online celebrities in their own right. Of course, part of what helped propel Cahill to online fame is that he had the opportunity to record his trademark lip-synching videos with established musical celebrities.

One such celebrity was 50 Cent. The rapper actually recorded a collaboration with the YouTube star for the song “Down On Me,” and this helped even more people discover who Keenan Cahill was. More importantly, this collaboration showed that he was comfortable working alongside famous people (a very important quality in a world filled with creepy fanboys and celebrity stalkers).

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And nobody can deny that the young online talent had an impressive number of celebrities that he worked with over the years. This includes singers such as Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Ariana Grande, Tyra Banks, Britney Spears, and many more. YouTube never had anyone with a career quite like Keenan Cahill, and now his fans are wondering if it ever will again.

Sadly, the master of lip-synching had struggled with health issues his entire life. Long before he became a YouTube celebrity, Keenan Cahill was diagnosed with Maroteaux–Lamy syndrome as a baby. This is a condition that causes the body’s different tissues and organs to become enlarged, which can lead to painful inflammation and scarring.

It’s always difficult to know how long those with this condition will live because the severity of their symptoms may vary. Unfortunately, the YouTube star was one of the ones whose syndrome also caused heart problems, and this is what proved to be the death of Keenan Cahill after complications due to his open heart surgery. And his death has left fans around the world profoundly sad at the loss of such a major talent at such a young age.

However, when mourning the young YouTube star, fans of Keenan Cahill should also remember the young man as a talented inspiration to us all. He successfully proved how far drive and passion can take somebody when they are passionate about a goal. And we can only hope to start the new year off right by channeling our own skills and talents into something beautiful and creative just as Cahill did.