Monday 27 February 2017

Vlogging family resume daily videos following live-stream of son's funeral on Persicope

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A YouTube-famous family which took a break from daily videos following the surprise death of their eldest son, Caleb, have returned to daily uploading just under one week after they announced his death on Instagram.

The family have decided to "continue making videos for now...to honor him and continue this channel as it was intended, to be a celebration of life".

"We will continue to grieve and miss Caleb everyday but we will not show it in the videos often".

The family came under fire for live-streaming their son's memorial service on Twitter's live-broadcasting app Periscope and through Facebook LIVE.

Posting on their Instagram, the family wrote that "Due to an outpouring of support and people's hope to be part of his memorial, we have decided to live-stream the ceremony".

"We ask that you help us celebrate his life instead of focus on his death".

YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley (13) dies suddenly of 'natural causes'

The family also shared on Instagram that medical tests revealed that Caleb passed away from an "undiagnosed medical condition".

The YouTube Channel 'Bratayley' was a YouTube channel which showcased three American kids - Caleb(13), Hayley(7) and Annie(10), run by their mother Katie. It was set up originally for the family's youngest member, Hayley, but became a family vlogging channel. The name 'Bratayley' is a pseudonym, combining the words 'Brat' and 'Hayley'.

Daily 'video blogs' of the family's life became incredibly popular on YouTube, racking up over 1.6m subscribers and over 1bn views.

Caleb was the breakout YouTube star of the family, also starring in collab channel 'Truthplusdare', running his own channel 'blazenoutlaws' and recently launching a third channel together with his sisters called 'OMMyGoshTV'.

YouTube star Cameron Dallas told TMZ that live-streaming the funeral was "the right thing to do".

"I think the fans are, in some weird way, a part of him. It's something that they should do, and to have the strength to do that is really amazing".

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