GeneralYoutube's "King of Random" Grant Thompson Dead at 38Posted:

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Grant Thompson -- the creator and star of the viral YouTube series "King of Random" -- died this week after a paragliding accident in Utah ... according to his family.

Grant's brother, Mark, tells TMZ ... the YouTuber went paragliding Monday evening, but never returned home. Mark says Grant's body was discovered by authorities Tuesday, and that the family is still being briefed on what exactly happened.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a report came in Monday of an overdue paraglider, who'd gone off the radar near the Sand Hollow State Park. They say the caller reported the paraglider should have returned an hour earlier, and he couldn't be reached on his cellphone. The call triggered a massive search.

Grant's coordinates were pulled from GPS data, and a helicopter located his body that night. WCSO says detectives found paragliding equipment at the crash site, as well as a video recording device ... which they're reviewing to determine cause.

Mark tells us that Grant got into paragliding around 5 months ago. He had an affinity for skydiving, flying and other airborne activities.

Grant started his YouTube channel in 2010, documenting experiments, life hacks and random weekend projects. King of Random amassed more than 11 million subscribers and nearly 2.5 billion views total. He was the 321st most subscribed to channel on YouTube.

It appears Grant took something of a backseat on his series as of late. Two new hosts have been fronting the video experiments for a while.


YouTube commented on Grant's death as well, saying ... "We're deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted, passionate and endlessly curious creator. We send our deepest condolences to his loving family, The King of Random team and fans."

He was 38. RIP


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When I first heard of this, I thought it was fake but I guess it really is true.
So damn sad, he was so young and made content that so many people enjoyed. The worst part is that he did so many videos with his son, I can't imagine his pain at this time.
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i believe someone tempered with his equipment because paragliding should have a fail rate lesser then a parachute, also youd think he would have had a parachute on him if that happened.

he was a good content creator and lived up to what he did doing his random stuff, but this is just super sad to hear that someone who has a loving family just randomly dies paragliding.

i am no expert on paragliding since i hate hights but im pretty sure that a paraglider wouldnt be a 90% fail rate unless there was no wind which then would be 100% failrate at that point, but im still so confused about his death though did he have a parachute on or not because thats one thing you defiantly need when doing that, even if it adds a little more pound to it, still parachutes have a more chance to fail then a paraglider, unless im thinking something differently
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Man, I am sad about this. He influenced a lot of people to try, even when he didn't want to put up with YouTube anymore, he still helped out others. RIP Grant, you showed me a lot of cool experiments and got me into science a lot.

Makes me sad how Codylabs reacted. Poor guy, him and Grand were good friends.
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Mario350 wrotei believe someone tempered with his equipment because paragliding should have a fail rate lesser then a parachute, also youd think he would have had a parachute on him if that happened.

he was a good content creator and lived up to what he did doing his random stuff, but this is just super sad to hear that someone who has a loving family just randomly dies paragliding.

i am no expert on paragliding since i hate hights but im pretty sure that a paraglider wouldnt be a 90% fail rate unless there was no wind which then would be 100% failrate at that point, but im still so confused about his death though did he have a parachute on or not because thats one thing you defiantly need when doing that, even if it adds a little more pound to it, still parachutes have a more chance to fail then a paraglider, unless im thinking something differently
well, considering they recovered video footage of his, I'm also semi curious on what that would show.
Granted, it prob won't be released to the public but, when it's your time to go, it's your time to go.... Even with the fail rates.
The good ones always die young.
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RIP so young
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