Out YouTuber Tai Couture has died from
suicide following a battle with depression.
According to the Washington Blade,
the popular hairstylist and makeup artist's death was reported last
Earlier this year, Tai Couture, whose
real name was Tyree Williams, talked about a previous suicide
attempt. The public revelation came in a Facebook post in which
Williams mourned the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old who took
his own life after being bullied for being gay.
“My heart mourns for the pain,
torment, and loneliness this baby felt preceding his suicide. My
suicide attempt was only a little over a year ago when I cut my wrist
with a knife and was hospitalized,” he wrote.
“Although bullying wasn’t my
trigger I know firsthand how it feels to be desperate for the hurt to
end. I pray for Nigel’s family, friends, and the LGBTQ community.
May the world continue to spread more unconditional love and not
hate,” Williams said.
Williams, whose Tai Couture TV YouTube
channel had 24,000 subscribers, said in a 2016 video that he suffered
from depression following a near-fatal car crash.
Williams' family has set up a
GoFundMe campaign to pay for expenses related to his funeral.