Teenage TikTok Star Found Dead in Burbank

The 19-year-old had been open about his struggles with mental health and addiction on social media

ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app, displayed on a smartphone in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 1, 2020.
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Authorities on Friday confirmed 19-year-old TikTok star Cooper Noriega was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in Burbank, California.

Noriega was found about 4:20 p.m. Thursday in a mall parking lot in the 500 block of North First Street, near the 5 Freeway, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, told City News Service.

Ardalani said Noriega's cause of death is being deferred. The cause of death was unclear, and the case is still under investigation.

Noriega has about 1.9 million followers on TikTok, and hours before he was pronounced dead, he posted a video of himself lying in bed with the caption “Who else b thinking they gon (die) young af.”

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