Gone too soon: Caleb Logan, 13, passed away suddenly last week from natural causes. His YouTube-famous family, the Bratayleys, shared the sad news last week Friday. They followed up by posting the final video of Caleb, which, in a sad coincidence, showed him asking a playful question to his future self.
The family announced Caleb’s passing to their 471,000 Instagram followers on Friday, saying:
Yesterday at 7:08PM Caleb Logan Bratayley passed away of natural causes. This has come as a shock to all of us. Words cannot describe how much we will miss him. His incredibly funny, loving and wonderful spirit made us all fall in love with him as a YouTuber, friend, brother and son. We know you tune in to watch each day and eagerly anticipate new videos, but ask that you bear with us while we deal with this tragedy as a family. Please help us honor our baked potato.
The family, which has amassed nearly 2,000,000 subscribers on YouTube during their five years of vlogging, later shared a tribute video to Caleb.
They also posted a clip filmed the day before Caleb died. In it, Caleb joked his top question for his future self would be, “Is Taco Bell still around?” (He also asked if there were any new sports.) When posting the video, the family said, “In addition to our desire to give the Internet community the chance to begin the grieving process, we also wanted to post this video to show a healthy and happy Caleb doing what he loved. Thank you for all the love and support that everyone has shown our family. And we ask for continued love and support as we move through the grieving process.”
The family is represented by Disney’s Maker Studios. In a statement on Saturday, the company said, “We are heartbroken at the tragic loss of Caleb from Bratayley, a beloved member of the Maker family. Our love, support, thoughts, and prayers are with the Bratayley family.”
Caleb is survived by his parents and two younger sisters. There have been some questions and rumors about his cause of death because of the vague “natural causes” explanation, but the focus for now should really be on sending love and support to his grieving family.