Is Brandon Brootal alive? Emo TikTok star's suicide rumor takes social media by storm
On February 1, rumors started floating that popular content creator Brandon Brootal has died due to suicide. Followers and supporters started pouring in condolences and people revealed how 'inspiring' and 'unapologetic' he was.
A post on his Instagram account read, "To honor the request of Brandon’s fans, his family will continue to post unreleased photos here for you to remember him by. Long Live Brandon Brootal, Rest In Peace, Brandon." The account has since been made unavailable. Meanwhile, a fan shared screenshots of their conversation with Brootal's mother, who apparently said he was alive and getting help. Even though this confused his supporters, they also felt relieved.
The first post was captioned, "UPDATE!! JUST GOT AN ANSWER FROM HIS MOTHER HE IS ALIVE AND SAFE!! #brandonbrootal ID GETTING THE HELP HE NEEDS!!!" The picture featured a screenshot where the fan told Brootal's mother, "There's a lot of rumors going around I just wanna make sure if he's alive he's OK because he was one of my friends," to which his mother replied, "I know but he is alive."
In the second screenshot, the user asked, "Is he in the hospital I hope he's okay," after which his mother replied, "All I will say is he's getting help." The user then responded, "Okay I'm glad he's getting the help he needs."
The third screenshot saw the user asking, "I don't mean to intrude but that's Brandon close friend confirming things, I'm not sure whats real or what's fake. I'm sorry about all of the false information," which was replied by, "Fake apparently she isn't as close as she claims."
The content creator gained an audience after sharing his mental health issues. He is a big source of support for many people dealing with anxiety and depression, and his followers adore his unapologetic personality. He has a following of over 1.4 million on TikTok, and his content focuses on the early 2000’s emo scene. An Instagram post by bbrootal read, "I'm sadly in bed, I didn't take down my Halloween decorations when convicted to and past the point of no return, I'm dying, I already had other health problems, I’m scared I will go to hell but I just can't." It is unconfirmed whether this account was handled by him or not.