Ethan Peters, a beauty influencer known on Instagram as @ethanissupreme, has died. He was 17.
His father Gerald Peters told Fox News that he found Ethan in his room at around 11 a.m. on Sunday, and believed he died of a drug overdose.
Gerald said he spoke to his son around 10 p.m. on Saturday night, adding, “The cancel culture we find ourself in weighed heavy on his heart. He wanted nothing but to inspire, make people laugh, and push the boundaries of what is acceptable in our world for all young people. He was [a] kind soul who accepted everyone for who they were.”
Ava Louise, another influencer, remembered Peters on Instagram, calling him “my best friend in the entire world.”
Ava said Ethan had flown out to see her at Rutgers University for her birthday. “He was the only person I spoke to for months. I was all alone and struggling and Ethan inspired me again. He was here with me for my birthday 2 weeks ago and I’m so thankful I got to spend it with him.”
She also revealed, “We had our last FaceTime call last night and I am so so so sorry I cut it short.”
Heartbroken, she continued, “I can’t breathe. This is the worst pain I ever felt. Iv [sic] lost friends but never a best friend. Ethan saw me through my lows and celebrated my highs with me. He was so much more than what you all saw online. His amazing parents have been parents to me when mine haven’t been the best, so please respect their privacy at this time. Ethan f–king Peters I’m gunna make sure you[r] legacy lives on you were meant for so much, the smartest teenager I knew. I hope there’s an afterlife and you’re doing wild s–t up there I really f–king do.”
Peters was a makeup guru who garnered more than 500,000 followers on Instagram. He also had his own Hellboy merch line.