Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian best known in gossip circles for her lengthy feud with Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, has passed away.
Ryan was just 33 years old.
Details are still scarce, but police investigating the tragedy are describing Ryan's death as an apparent suicide by hanging.
The shocking news comes just one week after Stevie publicly shared her grief over the death of her grandfather.
“I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” Ryan stated on a recent episode of her podcast.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at the age of 19, Ryan unexpectedly found success through her YouTube channel.
Specifically, through her signature character, Little Loca.
Ryan eventually carved out a niche when she started poking fun at celebrities, going viral with a number of spot-on impressions.
Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012:
“I remember waking up and one Little Loca video had like 900 hits and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s people watching this?’”
“And it just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing."
"And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”
Ryan landed a VH1 sketch series entitled Stevie TV in 2012 but despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.
She went on to host Brody Jenner's short-lived E! series, Sex With Brody. That series also lasted only one season (2015).
But it was her riffs on the Teen Mom phenomenon and its cast members that gained Ryan the most attention on social media.
Ryan mocked Farrah Abraham, Jenelle Evans, and others in a fashion that made her popular with many fans of the franchise.
On the flip side, it made her roundly despised by some of the show's stars, who failed to see the humor in what she was doing.
At one point, Ryan publicly shared a series of flirtatious texts that she had received from Evans' then-boyfriend Nathan Griffith.
Today, the 25-year-old Evans spoke out on social media after receiving word of Ryan's death, acknowledging their feud.
“I know we pretty much hated each other but I’m sorry you had to go so soon pretty girl,” Jenelle tweeted.
Other Teen Mom stars have yet to publicly address Ryan's death, but we suspect we'll be hearing from more of them in due time.
As is to be expected amid such tragedy, thousands of tributes from fans of the gifted comic have already poured in on Twitter.
Many of the online reactions involve encouraging anyone who may be suffering from thoughts of suicide to seek immediate help.
We strongly urge those who are struggling to take such steps sooner rather than later, and our thoughts go out to Ryan's family.