Cooper Noriega, a popular TikTok creator, died on Thursday, June 9. He was 19 years old.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, Noriega was found dead in the 500 block of North First Street in Burbank, California around 4:20.
The exact cause of death is still unclear as the case remains under investigation.
Fans, friends and other TikTok creators have been mourning Noriega’s loss on social media since news of his death broke.
Among those who shared a tribute was Sabrina Quesada, a TikTok star and Noriega’s ex-girlfriend. Quesada posted a series of photos on Instagram in a carousel, including a black and white photo of Noriega smiling, photo booth photos of the couple kissing, a screenshot of text messages shared between the two, and a video. of the couple kissing.
“The light of my life, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she wrote in the caption. “I’m very sorry my love. May we meet again.”
Noriega’s friend and social media star Anthony Reeves, known as LuvAnthony, shared a touching tribute on Instagram, posting a photo of the two playing followed by several photos and a video of the late TikTok star.
In the caption, Reeves wrote a long note in memory of his friend, writing in part: “I can’t believe I’m writing this. You are my best f—— friend. I love you so much man. I really can’t believe you’re gone.
Reeves shared a number of things he would miss about his friend, reminiscing about their time together experimenting with fashion, playing video games, learning video editing skills, and their conversations.
“I’m going to miss you, man!” she concluded the caption. “I’m going to miss your big heart and how you cared so much about everyone. Always checking. See if everyone is okay. I really couldn’t have asked for a better best f——- friend. I love you Cooper. I f—— love you man. Rest easy, friend.
Chase Hudson, known as Lil Huddy on social media, shared a tribute on TikTok, posting an old video with Noriega from two years earlier.
“I met Cooper two years ago when I needed someone,” she wrote. “The day we met we talked for hours, that conversation changed me. I found this video of that day two years ago and right when I saw it I was stunned, Cooper only wanted the best in other people and it showed. I miss you brotha, rip coop.”
Charli D’Amelio also posted a sweet sentiment on her Instagram Stories, sharing a photo from Noriega’s Instagram feed.
“Such a beautiful heart that always takes care of everyone,” she wrote under the photo. “You had a huge impact on every person you spoke to. Truly such a special soul. Rest in peace Cooper.
Just hours before Noriega was found dead, he shared a TikTok video lying in bed with text overlaid reading, “Who else is thinking they’re going to die?”
Noriega was well known on social media for speaking candidly about his struggles with mental health and addiction. Earlier this month, on June 5, the teen said in a TikTok video that he would start a group on the messaging platform Discord where people could talk about their own experiences and struggles with their mental health.
“I just created a Discord server strictly for mental health because I love you guys so much and how much I struggle with it myself,” he said in the video. “So I want them to not be alone and to feel safe and I’m going to have a lot of that soon.”