The Utah man who created a very popular YouTube science channel ‘King of Random’ was tragically killed in a paragliding accident Monday evening. The crash occurred in southern Utah just outside of Hurricane.
The pilot, Jonathan Grant Thompson, 38, of South Jordan passed away in a relatively remote area of Washington County. According to the sheriff’s office, the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The county’s dispatch center received a call that a paraglider was overdue for landing after taking off earlier that same morning. According to local sources, the paraglider took off near Sand Hollow State Park fairly early that day. Police from Hurricane and an agent from the Bureau of Land Management quickly responded to the call. Thankfully, the caller was able to provide them with the last known GPS coordinates of Thompson’s whereabouts.
A medical helicopter used the coordinates to search nearby grounds, eventually finding Thompson’s body. The crashed paraglider was also found along with video footage of his ride, which showed officials that no foul play was at-hand.
Thompson was famously known as the creator of “The King of Random,” a popular science channel on YouTube with nearly 12 million subscribers. The channel had all sorts of safe, experimental videos, ones with makeshift explosions and guides on how to build rope out of a soda bottle or even cook up a steak with “molten salt.” His most popular video, though, with more than 34 million views, is great for the kids. Thompson teaches people how to make Lego gummy candy.
His fans have already taken to his YouTube channel with their condolences and sadness over his death. One said, “Rest in peace brother. The world will never be the same without you.”
We're deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Grant Thompson, a gifted, passionate and endlessly curious creator. We send our deepest condolences to his loving family, The King of Random team and fans. https://t.co/pUY4q1EWcU pic.twitter.com/oL3VVSXacf
— YouTube (@YouTube) July 30, 2019
Even YouTube’s Twitter page sent out a message that they were “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss.”
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