Keenan Cahill, a popular YouTube creator who created lip-sync videos with celebrities like 50 Cent, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and more, died on Dec. 29 Dec. 15 after open-heart surgery. He was 27 years old
“Keenan is an inspiration and celebrate by remembering all the content he created, the artists he collaborated with, the music he made and his love for everyone who supported him over the years,” his official Facebook account posted Friday. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses, his official Facebook account added.
Cahill had Maroteux-Lamy syndrome, which can cause physical limitations such as heart disease and dwarfism. Diagnosed at age one, he underwent a bone marrow transplant in 1997 and several other surgeries throughout the years to help treat the genetic disease.
On his YouTube account, which has nearly 721,000 subscribers, Cahill’s videos have garnered more than 500 million views. He posted his first lip-sync video to Perry’s “Teenage Dream” in August 2010, which reached 58 million views. A year later, the pop star met Cahill in person and they filmed a video together.
Cahill’s most popular video was with 50 Cent, where they lip-synced “Down on Me” with over 60 million total views. He collaborated with artists such as Jason Derulo, David Guetta, LMFAO, Lil Jon, Sean Kingston, Pauly D and Andy Grammer. His videos were among the earliest, widely shared hits of YouTube’s first few years, long before apps like Instagram, Vine or TikTok made viral videos a common part of social media. He released two EPs and four singles on iTunes in the 2010s