Double Rainbow Viral They were 57 – different2 min read
Paul El Vasquez, the 2010 Internet sensation that reacted to the surprise of the double rainbow, died on Saturday. He is 57 years old.
Vasquez died in the emergency room of John C. Fremont Hospital, the Massiposa County Coroner’s Office told Modesto BK.
Although the cause of death was not confirmed, Vasquez was posting on Facebook that he was feeling sick and having trouble breathing. On May 5, he posted that he was testing on COVID-19, writing: “I’ll get my results in two days, but at the moment I’m sure I don’t have it. I don’t have a fever. There’s something else going on with me.”
The viral star, who referred to herself as Yosemitebar on social media, rose to fame in 2010 after recording her ridiculous satire and emotional response to seeing a double rainbow from her home near Yosemite Valley. The video, which was posted on YouTube, has been viewed more than 47 million times since then.
From there, Vasquez became an internet favorite, catching the attention of late night host Jimmy Kimmel who invited Vosquez to his show. He booked commercial deals with Smartwater, Delta, Microsoft and telecom company Vodafone New Zealand.
In a 2015 CNN profile, Vasquez shared his life before fame, working as a firefighter in Los Angeles County, a security officer, emergency medical technician, long-distance tracker and seasonal utility worker at Yosemite National Park.
For decades, Vasquez, who lived alone in his mobile home near Yosemite, originally from Mariuposa, East Los Angeles, was divorced and had a father of two older children, a son and a daughter.
“You look at another rainbow and you can’t think about me,” Vasquez said on a CNN profile. “That’s exactly it.”