TikTok star Noah Brady is being mourned by his fans after he committed suicide on Jan. 6 at the age of 21.
Brady garnered over 300,000 followers on TikTok as well as nearly 20,000 on Instagram.
He became well known for sharing videos of tattooing himself daily for a whole year, with the first video about the challenge being posted in July 2021, reported Dextro.
Following the challenge, he continued to tattoo other items which were suggested by his online followers, such as juice boxes and record players.
His last ever video, posted on Jan. 6, featured his final tattoo entitled ‘A Box Top for Education,’ which led to an explosion of comments from heartbroken followers, reported Dextro.
His death by suicide was confirmed by his family on Facebook on Jan. 7.
His mother, Rena Smith Brady shared in a post: “Sometimes you never know the pain behind someone’s smile. The front desk clerk at the hotel apologized and said “I’m sorry, when he checked in I would have never guessed this outcome. He checked in smiling” That was Noah, he had the biggest and most contagious smile of anyone I know. He was kind. He was the life of the party. He was a friend to all and one of the least judgmental people I know. Those who know him know that he wasn’t the same person he portrayed on social media.”
She said Brady suffered depression since 9th grade, but he didn’t open up to his family about it until last October. She added that the family tried everything they could to help him.
“Last night I stayed up all night trying to talk him out of this. Unfortunately, 5:18 am was the last text I received from him. He had told me recently “No one should cry for me. Be happy that I’m no longer in pain because I would never wish this on anyone.”
She added: “Before rumors get started, he didn’t overdose. To say we are devastated [is] an understatement. Our hearts are empty. Mental illness is real. ”
In the Facebook post, she emphasized the importance of checking in on and being there for loved ones.
“His heart was huge but the pain he carried was more than he could take,” she wrote.