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A popular YouTube star has reportedly killed himself. Tai Couture, who had nearly 24,000 subscribers before he committed suicide last week, reportedly struggled with depression.

There are reports that Tai, whose real name was Tyrell Williams, committed suicide on Friday. The news quickly spread on social media, where numerous people posted comments remembering the YouTuber.

“Here you have a man who seemed to have it all from love, success, and beauty,” one user who goes by the name @celestialhandsatl wrote in a post on Instagram. “Who shared a lot of himself publicly with us. Yet, he suffered in silence enough so that his only resolve was to take his own life.”

The post said that “Tai battled with depression consistently and only his close friends and those who paid close to attention to his You Tube videos picked up on it. He was a man who seemed to have it all from love, success, and beauty. He shared a lot of himself publicly with us. Yet, he suffered in silence enough so that his only resolve was to take his own life.”

The post also noted that Tai “was a man that many of us in the LGBTQ community held in high regard” before adding that he “showed us what he wanted us to see. I, like many of us will never understand why he decided to end his life. Only him and God knows that now.”

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GOD🙏🏾HELP🙏🏾US (Part 1 of 2) – Tyree Williams (MrTaiCouture) (Bishop) I did not want to post about his passing, until I knew for sure what happened and had time to process this moment. – I have known Tai for over 15 years he looked at me as one of his Gay Father Figures as I'm about 10 years older than he, his sudden loss has left me speechless and scrambling to find the right words to speak to this moment. – This is a man that many of us in the LGBTQ community held in high regard. Bishop always spread Love & Light in addition to being a well known YouTube Influencer/ Hairstylist/Make-Up Artist and Fashionista. He was very opinionated and outspoken. – But even with letting us into his home for the holidays for lavish Thanksgiving feasts with his former husband, Corey Kelley or a most recent love Micheal Heard in You Tube clips or in candid interviews with other socialites in the community; not everything was so public. Here you have a man who seemed to have it all from love, success, and beauty. Who shared a lot of himself publicly with us. Yet, he suffered in silence enough so that his only resolve was to take his own life. – Tai battled with depression consistently and only his close friends and those who paid close to attention to his You Tube videos picked up on it. He was a man who seemed to have it all from love, success, and beauty. He shared a lot of himself publicly with us. Yet, he suffered in silence enough so that his only resolve was to take his own life. Now those closest to him are left with not only grief, but the never ending guilt of "What if I would have, should have, could have done more to prevent this…" Fact is, the signs were just not there. He showed us what he wanted us to see. I, like many of us will never understand why he decided to end his life. Only him and God knows that now. #taicouture #tyreewilliams #restking #depression #anxiety

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See Tai’s last YouTube video below, which was posted in July.

That was around the same time that another YouTube star named Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika, took his own life, as well.

 

According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death for Black males, ages 15-24. Suicide rates have doubled among Black men since 1980.

If you are or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-TALK.

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