Before countless TikTok users were lip-syncing and trying to choreograph intricate pop songs, Kenan Cahill had lip sync extraordinaire.
With little more than a desktop computer and pure passion, Cahill has racked up millions of views on his YouTube channel mouthing the words to the songs of the day. He also met famous people. Kate Berry and 50 Cent to join her.
Cahill, the flashy, bespectacled musician whose videos have brought joy to millions, died Thursday in a Chicago hospital, his manager David Graham confirmed to CNN. I was 27 years old.
The Chicago native suffered from Maroteau-Lamy syndrome, a condition that leads to organ enlargement, among other symptoms, which caused him to receive frequent treatments and undergo multiple surgeries. According to his verified social media accounts, he was ready to go. do open heart surgery before this mes,
His family was mentioned in a book called A GoFundMe by his aunt and he also participated in a Facebook page. They began fundraising to help pay for Cahill’s medical and funeral expenses.
Cahill became one of the first viral stars of the 2000s with his lip sync videos, which were filmed from his office in his bedroom while he was still a teenager. The concept was simple: Cahill was a perpetually expressive man who penned the lyrics to era songs like Usher’s. “DJ Loved Us” and Rihanna “The Only Girl in the World)” With confidence, she watches the landscape flow.
These videos have often landed on the singers behind the hit songs, starting with Perry after Cahill lip-synced to “Teenage Dream,” one of her most iconic videos. He tweeted his giving of love and then invited her to come on tour in Pennsylvania in 2011.
Cahill has recruited celebrities such as 50 Cent and Ariana Grande to lip-sync in his YouTube videos, some of whom, including Jennifer Aniston, producer David Guetta, and “America’s Next Top Model” contestants, have appeared in his videos. Borrowed his viral star power for. According to his manager, Cahill became one of the first YouTubers to surpass 500 million views on his personal channel.
But Cahill wanted to be known for more than just lip-syncing, releasing a single in 2013 and later becoming a DJ and producer.
“He never made much money, but he enjoyed what he did and brought a smile to many people’s faces,” his family said in a GoFundMe.
Cahill’s joy and love of music was fondly remembered by his friends and fans. DJ Paulie D of “Jersey Shore” fame To thank is “always to make the world smile”. Perez Hilton, the essential internet gossip of the midterms, reshared A video made two years earlier of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and popular Twitch user Elohime, with whom Cahill regularly played the video game “Rimworld” on stage, tweeted: Praised Cahill as “Forever Viking”, from one viral star to another.
Graham, his manager, described Cahill as a “legend”.
“Kenan has inspired millions of people around the world by being himself despite his short stature, his illness and his age of 15 or 16,” he said in an email to CNN, the age at which Cahill became famous.
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