Youtube star Keenan Cahill has died at the age of 27. Before there were countless TikTok users lip syncing and attempting complicated choreography to pop hits, there was Keenan Cahill – lip-sync extraordinaire.
With little more than a desktop computer and pure passion, Cahill racked up millions of views on his YouTube channel by mouthing the words to hits of the day. He even got celebrities, including Katy Perry and 50 Cent, to join him.
Cahill, a charming, bespectacled musician in his own right, whose videos delighted millions, died Thursday in a Chicago hospital, his manager David Graham confirmed it on social media.
Keenan had a huge following on social media & we’re told he was one of the first YouTube influencers to rack up over 500 million views on his channel.
Keenan’s Rolodex was pretty impressive … he also worked with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, David Guetta, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, LMFAO and Tyra Banks, just to name a few.
Cahill became one of the first viral stars of the 2010s with his lip-syncing videos, filmed in his bedroom from his desk while he was still a teenager.
The concept was simple: An ever-expressive Cahill would simply mouth lyrics to hits of the era like Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” with aplomb and watch the views pour in.
Keenan Cahill Cause Of Death
Keenan’s manager, David Graham said, Keenan had open heart surgery on Dec. 15 but there were complications from the procedure and he was put on life support. We’re told Keenan died Thursday afternoon in a Chicago hospital after being taken off life support.
The Chicago native had Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, a condition that causes organs to enlarge among other symptoms, for which he received frequent treatments and underwent several surgeries. According to his verified social media accounts, he was scheduled to undergo open heart surgery earlier this month.
“Complications arose that he couldn’t overcome,” his family noted in a GoFundMe organized by his aunt and also shared on his Facebook page. The fundraiser was started to help pay for Cahill’s medical and funeral expenses.