On July 3, three web stars famous for their High on Life YouTube channel were tragically killed after a deadly waterfall accident. Megan Scraper, 29, better known as "Mindy," allegedly slipped and fell off of Shannon Falls in British Colombia, and her boyfriend Alexey Lykah, 30, and friend Ryker Gamble, 30, dove in to save her. Sadly, all three died, and Squamish Police have recovered their bodies.
The tragic news about the three adventure junkies was confirmed in a video on the High on Life YouTube channel, with their visibly emotional friend Justis Price Brown saying, “They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people you could ever meet, and the world has lost a great deal of light from the passing of our friends. They lived every single day to its fullest, they stood for positivity, courage, living the best life you can, and they shared and taught their values to millions of people worldwide. As tragic as their loss is, their message lives on through us all, and it is now our responsibility to keep the message going.”
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Grief seems to bring everything to a halt. What was once possible seems irrelevant. The schedule is cleared, the mundane ignored. One moment a wave of catastrophic emotions, the next a cavern of emptiness. Death is not a request to stop living, it is a request for loving. It calls us to see fully what is in front of us. To see what needs healing. To see those for whom our hearts would break if we did not speak the words that need speaking. It asks us to tend to one another. To value this moment here and now. To face our own ephemerality. Death violently shakes us awake, time and time again. Words by @heyheatherobscura. . The only words I have right now to share are from my dear soul sister Heather. May we all send prayers to their souls as they transition.
Many fellow YouTube stars were shocked and saddened by the unthinkable news. Infamous gamer Ninja wrote on Twitter, "My heart goes out to the families of the three youtubers Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh, and Megan Scraper, who passed away at Shannon Falls. I am so sorry 🙁 Rest In Peace." Joe Sugg wrote, "Sooo sad to hear that Ryker and Alexey from @SundayFundayz as well as Alexey's girlfriend Megan have passed away. Spent countless hours watching their vids and following their adventures. You will be missed." Sam and Colby tweeted, "so very sad to hear what happened to the 'high on life' people. We preach the same stuff they do: taking chances, spreading positivity, and seeing the world. Tragic that they passed away so early in life." Our heart goes out to their friends and family in this devastating moment.