YouTube Star Stevie Ryan Dies at 33; Death Ruled Suicide by Hanging: L.A. County Coroner’s Office

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Stevie Ryan, also known as Little Loca, in September 2007. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

YouTube star and TV host Stevie Ryan died on Saturday in what the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has determined was a suicide by hanging.

The body of Ryan, who had made her name on a YouTube series called “Little Loca” before appearing in the VH1 series “Stevie TV” and hosting an E! channel, was found in her home in the 1400 block of South Ogden Drive in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. She recently hosted a podcast about depression. Coroner’s records showed an autopsy and investigation determined it was a death by hanging as a result of a suicide by the actress.

The 33-year-old posted a tweet Friday about the recent death of her grandfather. “Tha man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I love you my Pa, ” she wrote. She also mentioned her grandfather in a recent podcast, questioning whether it could send her into a deeper depression.

A native of Victorville, Ryan launched her Web career dabbling with a video camera and making posts on YouTube of herself portraying crazy characters. Little Loca, who she said was inspired by “tough chicks” she knew growing up, became a YouTube hit.

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