Gabriel Salazar reportedly died over the weekend in a tragic car crash in San Antonio, Texas, according to his friends and family. Despite fans mourning the 19-year-old TikTok star across social media, sharing tributes and writing heartfelt comments in support of the family, it has not been confirmed that the influencer has died.
It’s not clear what happened to Salazar but San Antonio police were adamant that no one by that name was in an accident over the weekend. PIO Jennifer Saucedo Rodriguez from the San Antonio Police Department told the New York Post that “no one by that name” was involved in any recent accidents.
Still, Gabriel Salazar’s sister, Danna Salazar, as well as the TikToker’s close friends and family, insisted that he passed away in the fatal car accident Sunday. And while it wasn’t confirmed that Salazar is dead, thousands of comments have popped up all over his social media in support of him and his family during this tragic time.
“Rest easy Gabe,” said verified TikToker Alvaro Romero on Salazar’s alleged final TikTok. “May God bless your family during these times.”
A TikTok user replied to Romero, writing: “Did he actually die [because] I thought they were joking.” Other TikTokers seemingly confirmed his death, writing that “yes, he actually died.”
Gabriel Salazar, who goes by @gabenotbabe on TikTok, has over 1.5 million views on the platform and is widely respected across social media. His sister, who has a large social media following in her own right, wrote in a tribute post on Instagram, claiming that her brother died.
The sweet post honored her brother’s life and influence on social media. “I love you so much Gabe,” @Dannapsalazar wrote in an Instagram story Sunday. “No matter how much we argued and fought you knew I loved u with all my heart and I would always tell you this. I’ll keep you in my heart forever this isn’t a goodbye it’s a see you soon ale. Make sure u and sebas watch over us.”
Danna Salazar’s Instagram bio linked to a GoFundMe page set up for the family by Gabriel Salazar’s long-time friend, Chris Vazquez. “I don’t know what’s real and not real anymore but unfortunately Gabe [passed] away in a car crash September 26… we couldn’t believe it the moment we found out,” Vazquez wrote on the page. The fundraiser has since garnered over $21,000.
Vazquez also wrote on the GoFundMe page that he didn’t “really want to get into details because it’s so hard for us to even talk about the pain he went through. Never expected this [to] happen but now you’re watching over us.”
The page was set up to support the Salazar family. According to the GoFundMe, “there will be time missed from work and funeral expenses that will be too much for his family to afford. Please consider donating and help relieve at least that sorrow and strain for his parents.”
Chris Vazquez explained that Gabriel Salazar “loved his family and was always horsing around with [his] sister and little brother. He was always there with a big hug and smile, and his family will never forget those warm moments. He was so funny with a quiet sense of humor and sarcasm. I cannot believe that I am sitting here writing this. How is this real life?”
The tribute messages spanned TikTok and Instagram late Sunday and into Monday. The TikTok influencer’s good friend Ricky Flores, whom he collaborated with on several videos, wrote on Instagram that “words can’t even explain how I feel right now. Man I would do anything to get you back right now bro.” He told his friend to “rest easy brother,” followed by a sad-face emoji and white dove. At the end of the caption, Flores wrote: “LONG LIVE GABE,” a sentiment that was shared in the hundreds of comments below.
Attached to the loving caption were several pictures of the friends together. Gabriel Salazar could be seen with a smile on his face in the first picture as he rode a Ferris wheel with his friend. Included in the series of photos was one of the TikTok videos the pair collaborated on.
It is still not clear whether Gabriel Salazar died over the weekend. Authorities have not confirmed his death.