YouTuber Keenan Cahill, Known For His Iconic Celebrity Lip Syncs, Dead at 27

YouTuber Keenan Cahill—who became an internet sensation thanks to his lip-sync videos with Katy Perry, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber and more—died Dec. 27, just weeks after undergoing heart surgery.

By Amy Lamare Dec 30, 2022 8:16 PMTags
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The YouTube community is mourning.

Beloved creator Keenan Cahill died at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 29, his rep told E! News. He was 27.

"Keenan is a pioneer in social media, becoming one of the first YouTube Influencer's amassing more than 500 million views on his channel and over 1 billion across multiple platforms, traditional media, and live appearances," his rep said in a statement. "Keenan collaborated with Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, 50 Cent, the San Francisco Giants, New York Knicks, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Britney Spears, LMFAO, WWE's The Miz, the cast of GLEE, Tyra Banks, Mike Tyson and many more."

Though Keenan's cause of death has not yet been shared, his last Instagram post, shared Dec. 12, announced that he would be undergoing open heart surgery. "Wish me luck," Keenan, one of the original viral stars, wrote a week earlier. "Love ya'll."

Back in 2010, Keenan—originally known as BeenerKeeKee19952—became an Internet sensation thanks to his lip-syncing videos. Soon, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, 50 Cent and Justin Bieber began appearing in his videos, which have amassed millions of views. Plus, he shot a Smartwater commercial with Aniston, performed live with David Guetta, starred in Sara Barilles' "Uncharted" space music video, performed at the American Music Awards and collaborated with Ariana Grande. He also released his own original music as well as remixes.

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And he did it all while battling the rare auto immune disorder Maroteaux–Lamy syndrome, which stunted his growth and caused swelling of his organs, causing them to become inflamed or scarred, and eventually waste away, according to MedLine Plus.

"I always wanted to be noticed," Keenan, who filmed from his bedroom at his mom's house in Elmhurst, Ill. said in a May 2011 interview, just nine months after he uploaded his first videos. "I used to ask God, 'Will you ?' and now I tell God, 'Thank you.'"

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"I just hope other kids like me with diseases or disabilities can see me and know that they shouldn't give up on their dreams," he added. "Anything can happen."

WGN was first to report news of Keenan's death.

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