Ryan was found dead on Saturday, June 31, with a report on the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office’s website listing her cause of death as a suicide by hanging at her home.
The actress rose to fame during the late 2000s thanks to her wide collection of YouTube sketches, in which she’d often impersonate stars like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Jamie Lynn Spears and Amy Winehouse.
She also created her own characters for videos, such as a 15-year-old troublemaker named Katrina, as well as a “homegirl” named Little Loca.
Her comedy sketches typically racked up over 100,000 views and occasionally even soared into the millions, with one particularly watched Winehouse spoof eclipsing the 6 million viewers mark.
33-year-old Stevie Ryan has was found hanging Saturday at her home in LA in an apparent suicide
“It literally was just growing and growing,” Ryan told The Hollywood Reporterin 2012 of her blossoming viewership. “And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”
Ryan’s viral success prompted VH1 to give her a TV series called “Stevie TV,” which premiered in 2013 and once again focused on her parodying A-listers while incorporating absurdist original characters as well.
The show last two seasons comprised of a total of 14 episodes before it was canceled in 2014.
Ryan originally moved from her hometown of Victorville in Southern California to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
In addition to her sketch comedy success, Ryan co-hosted the Brody Jenner series “Sex with Brody” on E! Network and hosted a podcast called “Mentally Ch(ill),” with her final episode taking place last week. The episode was a “podcast about depression” .
Her final tweet came the day before her death and served as a tribute to her late grandfather.
“The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams,” she wrote. “I’ll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa.”
In that last episode of “Mentally Ch(ill),” released just two days before Ryan’s death, she revealed that her grandfather died Thursday.
“I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” she explained. During the episode, Ryan and co-host Kristen Carney also discussed suicide.