YouTube star Steve Cash, best known for his “Talking Kitty Cat” videos, has died by suicide. The 40-year-old was found in his home in Nampa, Idaho, on the morning of April 16, E! News reported. There was no sign of foul play.
Cash, whose YouTube channel has 2.44 million subscribers, gained fame with his series of funny videos starring his cat grumpy black cat Sylvester. The videos feature conversations between Cash and Sylvester as well as Sylvester’s interactions with the other animals in the house.
Cash joined the platform in 2007, eventually sharing 69 videos that amassed more than 770 million views. A video was last uploaded to the channel in December 2019. The most popular of his videos, titled “Bad! Bad! Bad!,” has been watched 17 million times.
Steve Cash’s wife says she’s lost her best friend and sidekick
Cash’s wife Celia DeCosta Cash confirmed the news of her husband’s death in a Facebook post, which was later shared on the Sylvester the Talking Cat fan page.
“This is so hard,” she wrote. “I’m not even sure what to say, or for that matter, what to do. I just lost my best friend, my sidekick, my lover, my mentor, my absolute everything, this morning. I’m so sad to say, my husband, Steve Cash took his own life this morning 4/16/2020. It hurts me to share this. Please understand, give the family time to grieve, but know that Steve is no longer in pain.”
Cash had spoken about his mental health in the past, E! News noted. In September 2019, after a fan noticed he’d been more active on social media, Cash responded that he was “just bipolar. I’m on a manic up right now,” he said. “When I go back into depression I’ll vacate everything.”
In addition being a YouTuber, Cash was also a musician, audio/video producer, and guitarist for the band Pause for the Cause, according to his Instagram bio.
Fans of Cash and Sylvester are devastated
The Talking Kitty Cat videos had a loyal following, and news of Cash’s death hit his fans hard. Thousands shared their condolences and expressed their grief on Facebook. Many called the loss “heartbreaking” and said they were thinking of his wife, his family and friends, and his beloved pets.
“Steve gave us so much joy and laughter,” one wrote.
Others recalled how Cash’s videos helped them get through their own dark periods.
“Many tears streaming down my face,” someone on Facebook commented. “Whenever I was having a hard time I would find laughter and my spirit renewed by watching Steve and Sylvester and the gang. Thank you for being there.”
“I wish he could have felt the same way about himself as we felt about him,” another commented.
How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.
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