YouTube Star Caleb Logan Bratayley Dies at 13

by Sophie Schillaci 10:29 AM PDT, October 05, 2015
Playing YouTube Star Caleb Logan Bratayley Dies at 13

Tragedy has struck the YouTube community as 13-year-old Caleb Logan, of the popular vlogging family, the Bratayleys, has died of natural causes, according to a family statement.

Caleb's mother shared the sad news on their Instagram account on Friday afternoon.

"Yesterday at 7:08PM Caleb Logan Bratayley passed away of natural causes. This has come as a shock to all of us," she wrote. "Words cannot describe how much we will miss him. His incredibly funny, loving and wonderful spirit made us all fall in love with him as a YouTuber, friend, brother and son."

The caption continued, "We know you tune in to watch each day and eagerly anticipate new videos, but ask that you bear with us while we deal with this tragedy as a family. Please help us honor our, baked potato."

Maker Studios, the digital-media company that represents the Bratayley family, also shared the sad news on its Instagram account. "We are heartbroken at the tragic loss of Caleb from Bratayley, a beloved member of the Maker family," the company said in a statement. "Our love, support, thoughts, and prayers are with the Bratayley family."

On Saturday, the family posted a new video of Caleb and his sisters eating breakfast in their home. A caption on the video says that it was filmed just one day before Caleb's death. In the 12-minute clip, the teen posed a question to his future self. "Is Taco Bell still around?" he wondered.

The Bratayley family's YouTube account has amassed more than 1.6 million followers since they began posting daily videos in 2010.

"In addition to our desire to give the Internet community the chance to begin the grieving process, we also wanted to post this video to show a healthy and happy Caleb doing what he loved," the video caption read. "Thank you for all the love and support that everyone has shown our family. And we ask for continued love and support as we move through the grieving process."