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McSkillet, Popular YouTube Personality, Dies in High-Speed Crash

McSkillet, one of the more popular personalities on YouTibe, caused a wrong-way car crash on Thursday that killed himself, a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in San Diego.

News about the horrific incident only went public on Saturday afternoon.

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The 18-year-old viral star, born Trevor Heitmann, was reportedly driving his black McLaren 650S at close to 100 miles per hour south into oncoming traffic in the northbound carpool lane near University City on the I-805 highway.

The vehicle struck a 2010 Hyundai SUV, causing it to burst into flames.

An unidentified 43-year old woman and her child died in the accident.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal crash took place on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. on August 23.

All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, with The San Diego Medical Examiner reporting that Heitmann died due to “blunt force trauma.”

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Heitmann is a wildly beloved presence on YouTube.

He has close to 900,000 subscribers on his channel.

The teenager first rose to popularity as a player of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a first person video game.

He was later known for trading “skins,” which are digital files used to customize the appearance of the game’s players.

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Incredibly, and very disturbingly, this car accident took place about 30 minutes after Heitmann also crashed his sports car into a gate at Ashley Falls Elementary School, San Diego Police have said.

After crashing through the gate, Heitmann exited his car and smashed a window at the school.

This is a photo from the scene of the deadly crash::

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According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the crash impacted almost a dozen automobiles caught in rush hour traffic, with “multiple vehicles on fire,” CHP Officer Mary Bailey told the newspaper.

One individual was reportedly seriously injured but is expected to survive.

“People were running around … and someone was on the ground,” an eyewitness told this publication of what transpired on the highway, adding:

“They were trying to help him, he was raising his hand, and they were just surrounding him.”

It’s unclear right now whether or not McSkillet intentionally drove the wrong way down this road.

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‘The Meg’ Star Page Kennedy Explains Why ‘Popular’ Oscars Are Needed

The Academy adding a “popular” category to the Oscars has a lot of people riled up, including this guy — who’s got a movie coming out that could win — and he’s all for it. We spoke to actor Page Kennedy on “TMZ Live” a day before his and Jason…

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Fredo Santana Dies; Popular Rapper Was 27

Fredo Santana, a popular rapper who originally made a name for himself as part of the Chicago music scene, was found dead on Friday night.

He was 27 years old.

According to TMZ, per close family members of the late musician, Santana was discovered by his girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.

He has recently been hospitalized for kidney and liver problems, allegedly due to an addiction to the substance known as “lean.”

(Lean is a mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup and codeine. It is typically mixed with other ingredients, such as lemon-lime soda and/or pieces of hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers.)

Santana had talked openly about this addiction.

Lean is also believed to cause seizures, which is likely what led to the rapper’s death.

In response to this sad piece of news, a number of artists have taken to social media in tribute of Fredo Santana.

“Rest In Peace Santana,” wrote Drake as a caption to the following image, for example.

“RIP Fredo Santana f–kkkk man, @ChiefKeef is going to need a lot of love and support, Fredo was his number 1,” Milonakis added.

After going to the hospital in October for his lean problem, Santana posted the following message on Instagram:

“Been in here since Friday doctor say a nigga had kidney failure an liver failure. Thanks for everyone who prayed for a nigga I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

He later admitted that he was thinking of checking into rehab.

“Hopefully I can be the face to sho niggas to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd,” he Tweeted, adding:

“I was running from my old life tryna get high didn’t want to face them demons…I’m getting help I might just go to rehab.”

Alas, Santana never followed through on this consideration.

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Fredo Santana was the cousin of Chief Keef.

He burst on to the scene via collaborations with his famous relative, but eventually carved his own niche via such mixtapes as “Fredo Kruger,” “It’s a Scary Site and his “Trappin Ain’t Dead” album. 

Santana was working on the second installment in his Walking Legend mixtape series before he passed.

The rapper also became a father for the first time eight months ago.

He is survived by his young son, Legend.

Strangely enough, Santana is the latest big name to pass away at the age of 27, as noted below:

May Fredo Santana rest in peace.

UPDATE: Lil The Based God has also weighed in on the tragedy as follows:

“Let one off in the air for fredo santana !!

“For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo.”

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Shane Dawson, Wildly Popular YouTube Star, Apologizes for Pedophilia Joke

You know what?

We’re starting to think these YouTube personalities only care about making money…

In the wake of Logan Paul being whacked in the wallet by this platform after he shared a video of a dead body on his account, Shane Dawson has now come out and issued an apology of his own.

Like Paul, Dawson is well known for having a popular YouTube account and for posting basically anything and everything on there.

He has over 11 million subscribers.

On Wednesday evening, however, a YouTube channel named “Pop Blast” posted footage to its 677,000 fans titled “I think Shane Dawson is a pedophile. Here’s my proof.”

Cue a troubling clip in which Dawson is heard making quips about a “sexy” child.

When followers started to voice their outrage at the star’s words, the YouTuber chose to respond with his own video, opening the 14-minute reply by sharing the controversial quotes in question.

“I went to Google and I didn’t want to see child porn,” says Dawson in the scandalous footage.

He continues:

“I just wanted to see, let me pretend I’m a pedophile for a second. So I typed in naked baby. First of all, I don’t understand why anybody would be turned on by that.

“But, they were sexy. I’m kidding.”

Few, though, found this attempt at a joke to be funny.

In his response, Dawson explained why he played it again for everyone.

“I wanted to play that clip in full – that moment especially in full – just for context because that seems to be missing nowadays,” he says in the video below, adding:

“I can’t believe I’m having this make this video. I’m going to start by saying I’m not a f-cking pedophile. I go on record saying I am not a f-cking pedophile. Got it? Great. There’s my statement.

“It’s disgusting that people are saying I’m a f-cking pedophile because of some s—ty ass f-cking jokes from six years ago on a podcast.”

Despite clearly being pissed that he’s in this situation, Dawson did acknowledge the misguided language he chose to use in the original clip.

“I’m going to apologize first. I’m sorry that I used to make really s—ty f–king jokes,” he said on Wednesday, going on as follows:

“I’m sorry that I was so f-cking insecure and playing this character of this guy who’s crazy and will say anything and tries to make people laugh by shocking them. That was my thing. That is what I did on YouTube.

“Back in the day, 2008-2012ish, that was my thing. I loved the feeling of making somebody shocked and laugh because they couldn’t believe what was coming out of my mouth.

“I wasn’t confident enough to make smarter jokes. I was making the easy jokes…I was doing some f-cked up comedy stuff that I’m not proud of.”

Dawson proceeded to remind fans that he, himself, has been molested and has evolved significantly over the years as a content creator.

He concluded:

“I think that’s why it hurts the most is having my name put next to the word pedophile is actually the most triggering and the most heartbreaking thing I’ve literally ever seen.

“I’ve been called everything. I’ve been on YouTube for a long time.

“I’m so sorry if that triggered you or offended you or hurt your feelings. It triggers me listening to that.”

In the end?

“I’m sorry for making offensive jokes. I’m sorry that these are making people uncomfortable but it’s also very out of context. When you listen to the full thing, it’s still s—ty and creepy and bad jokes but it’s not me being a pedophile.

“This is not proof of me being a pedophile.”

He probably has a point.

But still: perhaps fewer people ought to admire and support these random people who have nothing to offer the world except lots of attention-seeking videos.

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