Cooper Noriega’s family speak to their fans after the death of the 19-year-old TikTok star
The family of TikTok star Cooper Noriega have spoken out after his death.
Noriega – who has published on fashion, comedy and skateboarding – was found dead in a parking lot in Burbank, Calif., on Thursday (June 9). He was 19 years old.
Following news of his death, Noreiga’s family thanked his fans for their support.
“Hi everyone. On behalf of our family, we want to thank you all for the kind words of our little co-op,” Parker, Noriega’s 24-year-old sister, posted on her Instagram page.
“His passing is an absolute tragedy for our family and loved ones. We pray that we can all, as a community, continue his legacy.
Parker told Noriega subscribers that he loved “every one of them”, adding, “Please don’t hesitate to reach out as we love to feel all the support. Bless you all… with love sister.
Other members of his family also shared statements via Facebook.
Noriega’s father, Harold, wrote: “Today has been an incredibly difficult time for me and my family. We lost our beautiful 19 year old Cooper last night. He was loved by so many and truly the love of Treva, Parker and my life.
“There are no words to express grief and loss. It’s not supposed to be like that. Your child is not supposed to come before their parents,” he continued, adding that his son had “touched” so many people over the years.
“He recently started a conversation about [messaging platform] Discord that reached thousands to have a safe place to talk about mental health. My son was a believer and I know he is in the presence of God. Thank you everyone. I love you all.”
Noriega’s mother Treva added: “My heart is forever broken but you are my special angel and we have each other’s hearts.
“I know my mother was reaching out to take you to heaven. You finally experience the purest joy and happiness. I will see you one day my baby boy…your mama.
On June 5, Noriega shared a TikTok video announcing that he was creating a group for people to discuss their mental health experiences on Discord, a messaging platform.
In the video, Noriega said, “I just made a discord server strictly for sanity because I love you how much I love you and how much I fight with myself.”
He added: “I want you not to be alone and to feel safe.”
Noriega’s ex-girlfriend, Sabrina Quesada, also paid tribute to the late star, writing on Instagram, “Light of my life, you are the best thing that ever happened to me. I’m so sorry my love. May we meet again.
According to the American press, the cause of death of Noriega has been postponed, which means that “after an autopsy, a cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner requests further investigation”.
Hours before his death, Noriega posted a video to his 2.1 million followers on TikTok video of himself lying in bed, with the caption: “Who else thinks they’ll die young af. “
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