Danish YouTuber Albert Dyrlund fell to his death Wednesday while filming content for his popular YouTube channel. Dyrlund, who is famous for his hilarious comedy skits and music videos, is being mourned by his fans across social media after the tragic accident.
The 22-year-old YouTuber was reportedly filming a video in Forcella Pana in Italy when he plummeted 656 feet to his death. Albert Dyrlund’s mother, Vibe Jørger Jensen, confirmed his death to the Danish news outlet TV2. Jensen requested privacy for Dyrlund’s family. Though she said asked for privacy and said that “we are in great grief,” she wanted “his fans to know” to he passed away.
The YouTuber’s death was also confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Citizen Service, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. It was revealed that Albert Dyrlund fell from Mount Secesa in Val Gardena, though it isn’t clear what happened to cause the fall.
Albert Dyrlund is well-known across multiple social media platforms. On Instagram, Dyrlund has over 235,000 followers. His posts are often pictures and short clips documenting his experiences filming his hilarious YouTube videos. Other posts are simply Dyrlund’s way of captivating his audience, usually through comedy.
In one viral post, Albert Dyrlund went through a dramatic makeover in order to appear like zookeeper Joe Exotic from the hit Netflix original series Tiger King. In the post, Dyrlund has the mullet and mustache to match. In one photo, he even holds up a screenshot of Joe Exotic, showing his followers a side-by-side comparison.
Dyrlund is also famous on YouTube. The Danish comedian has almost 175,000 subscribers on the platform. He often posted his music videos, garnering millions of views on the video-sharing platform. His most popular upload is the official music video for his song “Hellerup-dreng,” which has over five million views.
According to reports, Albert Dyrlund was filming a video for his YouTube channel when the tragic accident occurred. As of now, it isn’t clear if the musician was filming alone or with a team when he plummeted 656 feet off Mount Seceda. It was said that rescue helicopters were deployed Wednesday, though by the time they found his body it was too late.
Italian broadcaster Rai claimed that Dyrlund was pronounced dead at the scene. It wasn’t clear what Dyrlund was doing when he fell.
The popular social media personality was mourned on Twitter when the news of his death hit. “Rest in peace my guy I have always loved your videos and I know you’re in a better place now but we’ll miss you rest in peace I luv u,” wrote one fan.
One Twitter user posted a picture of Dyrlund from one of his music videos. Above the photo, the fan wrote that “on the 28th of July, one of my favorite childhood YouTubers, singer and prospecting actor, has sadly passed, rest in peace Albert Dyrlund, your shining persona will always remain in our hearts…”
Thousands of Dyrlund’s fans used Twitter to show their support of his family or express their own sorrow at the tragic loss. One fan said that “all of Denmark has lost an icon today.” They continued, saying “may he never be forgotten… and my prayers have been sent to [his] friends and family.”
Some of Albert Dyrlund’s friends and fellow YouTubers also tweeted in response to the devastating news. “I’m completely out of it,” wrote Rasmus Brohave, a famous YouTuber. “I am ready to cry and empty of words. I can not understand it. I will forever remember all our memories… Thanks for this time, my friend. Rest in peace.”
Dyrlund is the most recent in a string of tragic social media accidents. Sophia Cheung slipped and fell while attempting to take a selfie on top of a waterfall. She plummeted into a pool below and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
One person pointed out that “making risky videos” is not worth the risk. Many Twitter users agreed, claiming though that content is engaging, it’s not worth losing a life.