Young people dying too soon are devastating, and the sad news of Keenan Cahill’s passing is no exception.
With his amusing lip-syncing videos, the well-liked YouTube celebrity instantly rose to social media fame in 2010.
Sadly, on December 29, 2022, he passed away.
Internet celebrity Keenan Cahill attends the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on November 18, 2012, in Los Angeles, California, at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
I don’t belong to the younger generation that spends their days devoted to YouTube, but I still recall the first time I came across Keenan Cahill.
You couldn’t help but smile when you saw the young youngster performing the biggest hits of the day because of his charisma and contagious pleasure.
2010 saw the release of Keenan’s first lip-synced YouTube video, which featured him performing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Soon after, his videos began going viral, bringing him international renown.
A former YouTube user
But one video stood out and catapulted the adored Keenan to internet fame.
Together with 50 Cent, Keenan posted a video in November 2010. “Down on Me,” the rapper’s song that the duo covered with Jeremih, became an instant hit. At the height of his fame, Keenan had guest performers queued up to appear on his channel. It received 60 million views.
He performed in lip-sync videos and sang songs with some of the biggest stars in the entertainment business, including Cody Simpson, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Maroon 5, and Jennifer Aniston.
Keenan was the first YouTube user to exceed 500 million views on his channel, claims TMZ. He was nominated for the J-14 Awards’ Viral Web Star award, and a one-hour documentary about the young star’s life was broadcast in France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
The humorous YouTuber has produced his music, putting out two E.P.s and 18 singles on iTunes.
After revealing his debut track, “Hands Up,” Cahill told Fuse, “I wanted to put a song out there to show people that I’m capable of not just being a lip-synced on YouTube.”
I reasoned, “If I can sing, why not write my songs and pursue my dreams?”
Diagnosis of Keenan Cahill
Keenan Cahill, an infant, born in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1995, was given a Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome diagnosis.
Most MPS patients are born without symptoms, but the uncommon genetic ailment eventually causes many tissues and organs to grow and scar. Keenan had a bone marrow transplant in 1997 to stop the disease’s progression, but he had to live with the condition for the remainder of his life.
Keenan was undergoing weekly infusions and “enzyme replacement therapy” when Medpagetoday spoke with him in 2011. The Illinois native underwent many procedures over the years, including one to relieve intracranial pressure.
At a hospital in the Chicago region, Cahill had open heart surgery on December 15, but regrettably, there were issues.
His manager claims that although he was placed on life support, medical professionals could not save his life. He was 27.
Keenan still had a sizable social media following, even though it had been a few years since his big break.
He revealed details about his most recent endeavor, on which he collaborated with the artist Jillian Jensen, aka “Rain,” a few weeks ago. He gave his Instagram followers a health update in one of his final updates in December.
It will be open heart surgery in one week. Good luck to me. I love you guys,” he wrote.
On June 3, 2013, in New York City, YouTube phenom Keenan Cahill paid a visit to the SiriusXM studios.
I’m saddened to hear about Keenan’s demise. With his YouTube videos, he made a lot of people happy and had a sweet spirit.
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