Tuesday 21 November 2017

Drake Bell’s 'heart crushed' by ex-girlfriend Stevie Ryan's death

Stevie Ryan, who found fame through YouTube impressions of celebrities, reportedly died in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for VH1)
Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for VH1)
Drake Bell attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Drake Bell attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Stevie Ryan attends the NBC's 2015 New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Actress Stevie Ryan arrives at the DoSomething.org and VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards at Avalon on July 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The star who broke through on the internet died at 33 (Charles Sykes/AP)

Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Actor Drake Bell has paid tribute to his actress ex-girlfriend who found fame impersonating celebrities on YouTube.

Stevie Ryan, 33, died in her Los Angeles home on Saturday in what was ruled a suicide by a coroner, according to reports.

She landed her own show, Stevie TV, after parodying stars such as Amy Winehouse, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber online.

Bell, who starred in sitcom Drake & Josh, said his “heart is crushed” by Ryan’s death.

Ryan had recently been co-hosting a podcast called Mentally Ch(ill) which centred on the subject of depression, according to its iTunes description.

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