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Ethan Peters' Overdose at 17: Why Are So Many Young Influencers Dying?

Is there an epidemic of premature death among Internet celebrities?

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Over the weekend beauty blogger Ethan Peters—known as Ethanisupreme—passed away at the age of 17 in his home in Harris County, Texas.

Peters had been a staple of Instagram for years, having amassed over a million followers for his meme account Betch, before selling it for $25,000 at the age of 13. Since then he managed to accrue over 500,000 followers for his personal account, where he posted images of himself in elaborate makeup and at least one video of himself receiving cosmetic injections.

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