YouTube star and beauty influencer Ethan Peters best known to his millions of followers as Ethan Is Supreme passed away at the age of 17, allegedly from an overdose.
The news broke after Ethan Peters' best friend Ava Louise posted the announcement on Twitter. Ethan passed away after allegedly consuming two Percocets, a highly addictive prescription opioid.
Ethan was found unresponsive in his room by his father Gerald Peters, on the morning of September 5, 2020. His death has left his friends and millions of followers in shock.
Shockingly, the tragic news of Ethan's death have led many to send in unpleasant messages, some even rejoicing at the news of his sudden demise
Ethan became a beauty and fashion icon at 11, when he started posted makeup tutorials online, and came out as gay at age 12. His online popularity grew by leaps and bounds, and he acquired so many followers that he became a social media celebrity, and launched a merchandising brand, Hellboy.
The school board of his high school, however, was not impressed. Even though Ethan did not wear makeup to school, was a good student, and well-liked by his teachers, the school's board demanded that get cease his online activities, claiming they were not compatible with the school's moral standards.
However, Ethan's parents stood by their brilliant and unconventional son, and enrolled him in an online school. From then on, Ethan focused on his online career, and his following mushroomed to 519,000 Instagram followers, and YouTube 138,000 subscribers -- which in turn led to a substantial income for the teen.
Completely self-taught, Ethan's flawless creations were an electrifying blend of conventional makeup and sometimes disturbing counter-culture irreverence. Many considered that his work bordered on performance art: thought-provoking, sometimes shocking, always innovative, and unexpected. What he would have continued evolving into, is something we will never know.
STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION
His best friend has revealed that Ethan struggled with an addiction to opioids and that shortly before his death she had attempted to stage an intervention. Louise tweeted:
“Addiction is a disease. I had to pull Ethan aside in recent weeks and have talks with him about usage. Everyone close to him was scared. I just wish I f****** tried harder. I f****** wish I had yelled at him more. I wish I didn’t enable a single pill he popped.”
Louise has started an awareness campaign, posting contacts, and encouraging others struggling with substance abuse to reach out for help, before they succumb to Ethan's fate. According to the CDC, 128 people die in the United States every day of an accidental opioid overdose. Percocet, which is highly addictive, leads the user to increasingly higher doses to achieve the desired effect -- and often to overdose.
Like Louise, many others of Ethan's friends and fellow social media celebrities have voiced their shock and their grief at the death of the talented young man who had such a brilliant future ahead of him. Maybelline brand ambassador, make-up artist, YouTuber, and beauty blogger Manny MUA expressed his pain and bewilderment at the death of his young friend and extended his condolences to the Peters family.
Influencer and fashion model and close friend Grace Anne Auten shared a gallery of snaps of herself and Ethan on their last meeting and expressing her disbelief at his sudden death. The two had spent some time together in Los Angeles shortly before Ethan's death, and Auten shared the last texts they had exchanged.
Shockingly, the tragic news of Ethan's death have led many to send in unpleasant messages, some even rejoicing at the news of his sudden demise. To these people, Ethan's unconventional looks and sexual orientation are an affront. MUA and Louise have snapped back at the haters, and demanded respect for their lost friend, and his grieving family.
Ethan will be remembered as an artist, an influencer, and an inspiration to millions. He achieved in his short life what many strive for in a life-time and never reach.
R.I.P. Ethan Is Supreme